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50 Things to See in the Sky

Princeton Architectural. Oct. 2019. 144p. glossary. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781616898007.
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Gr 9 Up–This lovely package (with a glow-in-the-dark cover) is divided into three sections: things you can see without equipment, those requiring a telescope or binoculars, and things that are more difficult or impossible to see without professional equipment. This global introduction to the night sky includes wonders that can be viewed only from the Southern or Northern hemispheres, as well as objects that can be seen from anywhere depending on the time of the year. The blue-and-white illustrations provide a clear picture of what the viewer is looking for; the many references to free apps and websites can further inspire astronomical exploration. Experienced astronomers will be delighted by the fun facts and amused by the instructions that invite readers to get “to the Moon and take a look” or “borrow the powerful Hubble Space Telescope.” Young readers new to stargazing and astronomy might be frustrated as they flip pages back and forth to identify one constellation in order to orient the view of another object.
VERDICT More gift book than guidebook, this title should be purchased where astronomy and stargazing shelves are always empty.

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