The Night Sky Month by Month

Hardback cover of The Night Sky Month by Month

Published by DK

By Sarah Larter

RRP: $18.00

About The Night Sky Month by Month

Anyone with an interest in astronomy needs a map to help them find their way around the night sky. The core section of The Night Sky Month by Month contains charts for observing the night sky in both the northern and southern hemispheres throughout the year. Each chart is supported by graphic devices that help the reader to find their latitude, relate the chart to their local horizon, and show which way the stars are moving. Compared with the stars, the planets move differently through the night sky, their movements changing from year to year. Positions of the planets are shown on separate charts in the introduction to each month. The same introductions also identify the highlights on view at that time of year. Following the monthly guide is an almanac section listing the dates of one-off special events, such as eclipses, that will occur during the life of the book.

The opening section of the book is an introduction to observing the sky. This is followed by the Monthly Sky Guide, with four double-page spreads for each month. The first spread contains an illustrated overview, plus a planet locator, while the succeeding three spreads carry charts for the northern and southern hemispheres. The almanac section consists of a calender of events for each year.

Contents
Prelims (5pp)
Introduction (8pp)
Objects in the night sky, daily and seasonal changes, scale in the sky, when and where to look, observing with the naked eye, binoculars, and telescopes

Monthly sky guide (98pp)
January
Overview and planet locator
Northern- and southern-hemisphere highlights
Northern-hemisphere whole-sky chart
Southern-hemisphere whole-sky chart

February
Overview and planet locator
Northern- and southern-hemisphere highlights
Northern-hemisphere whole-sky chart
Southern-hemisphere whole-sky chart

March
Overview and planet locator
Northern- and southern-hemisphere highlights
Northern-hemisphere whole-sky chart
Southern-hemisphere whole-sky chart

April
Overview and planet locator
Northern- and southern-hemisphere highlights
Northern-hemisphere whole-sky chart
Southern-hemisphere whole-sky chart

May
Overview and planet locator
Northern- and southern-hemisphere highlights
Northern-hemisphere whole-sky chart
Southern-hemisphere whole-sky chart

June
Overview and planet locator
Northern- and southern-hemisphere highlights
Northern-hemisphere whole-sky chart
Southern-hemisphere whole-sky chart

July
Overview and planet locator
Northern- and southern-hemisphere highlights
Northern-hemisphere whole-sky chart
Southern-hemisphere whole-sky chart

August
Overview and planet locator
Northern- and southern-hemisphere highlights
Northern-hemisphere whole-sky chart
Southern-hemisphere whole-sky chart

September
Overview and planet locator
Northern- and southern-hemisphere highlights
Northern-hemisphere whole-sky chart
Southern-hemisphere whole-sky chart

October
Overview and planet locator
Northern- and southern-hemisphere highlights
Northern-hemisphere whole-sky chart
Southern-hemisphere whole-sky chart

November
Overview and planet locator
Northern- and southern-hemisphere highlights
Northern-hemisphere whole-sky chart
Southern-hemisphere whole-sky chart

December
Overview and planet locator
Northern- and southern-hemisphere highlights
Northern-hemisphere whole-sky chart
Southern-hemisphere whole-sky chart

NIGHT SKY ALMANAC (11pp)
2011 and 2012
2013 and 2014
2015 and 2016
2017 and 2018
2019
Index and Acknowledgments (4pp)