Sunday, September 24, 2006

The Stars

by H. A. Ray

Years ago my eldest child was on an astronomy kick. She loved looking up at the stars and picking out constellations. Supportive parents that we were, we encouraged her interest, taking her to astronomy club star parties and buying her a few (affordable) astronomy things, including this book. The Stars is a beginner's guide to astronomy, explaining in simple terms the basics of watching the skies and illustrating the constellations in a simple fashion to help a budding astronomer learn to pick them out. There's also a section which gets a bit more technical, talking about meridians and declinations and all those things that made me avoid astronomy magazines even though I love science fiction. But since the whole book is illustrated by H. A. Ray, the creator of Curious George, even those pages are worth reading. Or trying to read, at least. Anyway, this one is worth checking out if for no other reason than to learn your basic astronomy.
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