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Category >>   Almanacs & Year Books
   Astronomical almanacs and year books are released each year and contain the latest information about celestial events each month.
  2024 Guide to the Night Sky
A Month-by-month Guide to Exploring the Skies Above North America

by Storm Dunlop and Wil Tirion
112 pages, August 2023
Level: All

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  • Description: This is the ideal gift for beginners and experienced stargazers in the United States and Canada and has been updated to include new and practical information covering events occurring in North America's night sky throughout 2024.

    This practical guide is both an easy introduction to astronomy and a useful reference for seasoned stargazers. Now includes a section on comets and a map of the moon.

    Written and illustrated by astronomical experts, Storm Dunlop and Wil Tirion, and approved by the astronomers of the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Content includes:

    • Advice on where to start looking.
    • Easy-to-use star maps for each month with descriptions of what to see.
    • Positions of the moon and visible planets.
    • Details of objects and events in 2024.
    • Now in three editions: Britain and Ireland; North America; Southern Hemisphere.
    Amazon.com Customer Comment (2023 Edition): This book is essential, pocket sized and full of ancient and current sky lore. more»
    2024 Night Sky Almanac - A Month-by-Month Guide to North America's Skies from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada   2024 Night Sky Almanac
    A Month-by-Month Guide to North America's Skies from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

    by Nicole Mortillaro
    128 pages, August 2023

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    Description: A portable guidebook for enjoying the night sky in 2024.

    Total solar eclipse April 8, 2024 will be the only eclipse in the 21st century, seen in US, Canada and Mexico.

    2024 Night Sky Almanac is the ideal resource for both novice and experienced sky watchers in the United States and Canada, with all of the advice, information and data that enthusiasts need to understand and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.

    This in-depth guide first introduces readers to the objects in the sky -- from stars, to comets, to globular clusters -- and then takes them through the cosmic events to look out for each month in 2024, with sky maps, moon phase charts and info about the planets. The book also features:

    • Methods for using your hands to measure angles in the sky
    • Information about binoculars and telescopes
    • A glossary of terms
    • A list of helpful resources
    • The April 2024 full solar eclipse, seen over a broad swath of the US. The "path of totality" starts in Texas and ends in the Northeast. It will be a huge, widely anticipated event
    • Full color spreads of the monthly attractions
    This 2024 edition of Night Sky Almanac features eight additional pages of content, including more information about our visible universe, photos of different telescope types and a new section about asteroids.

    2024 Night Sky Almanac is both a comprehensive introduction to Astronomy and a quick reference book for more experienced sky watchers who don't want to miss a thing. Its compact size means it's perfect for taking on an "astro-vacation" or simply sky viewing in the backyard.

    The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) was founded ad hoc in 1868 and incorporated in 1890 with a dual membership of professionals and amateurs. It has 29 Canadian chapters and over 5,000 members. The Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada is entering its 116th year of publication, and the RASC also produces a number of other publications and guidebooks.

    About the Author:
    Nicole Mortillaro is an avid amateur astronomer, author, editor, Senior Science Reporter for CBC News and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. She is the author of Saturn, and lives in Toronto, Canada.

    night sky almanac: a stargazer's guide to 2024   Night Sky Almanac
    A Stargazer's Guide to 2024

    by Royal Observatory Greenwich, Storm Dunlop and Wil Tirion
    272 pages, January 2024
    Level: All

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    Description: A beautiful gift for anyone interested in the night sky.

    Follow the progress of constellations throughout the seasons with this beautiful companion to the night sky from Astronomy experts Collins.

    With the aid of easy-to-understand monthly calendars and maps, you will chart the rhythm of the lunar phases, discover events that light up the sky for brief periods, and explore the rich tapestry of characters that adorn the starry canvas overhead. You can delve as deeply as you like, or follow your own favourite subject throughout the year.

    • Never miss a night sky event wherever you are in the world with this month-by-month guide
    • Go meteor spotting, track the phases of the moon and explore the constellations
    • Worldwide coverage -- with details for both the Northern and Southern hemispheres
    • Discover fascinating celestial facts and notable astronomical anniversaries
    Written and illustrated by astronomical experts, Storm Dunlop and Wil Tirion, and approved by the astronomers of the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

    About the Authors:
    Storm Dunlop is an experienced Astronomy and meteorology author and translator. Books include Gem Weather (Collins, 2012), Meteorology Manual (Haynes, 2014), Practical Astronomy (Philip's, 2012) and is the lead author for the bestselling annual Guide to the Night Sky (Collins). Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, the Royal Meteorological Society and a member of the International Astronomical Union.
    Wil Tirion is an award-winning astro-cartographer (uranographer). His work has appeared in dozens of atlases, books, and magazines. He lives in the Netherlands.

      Astronomical Calendar 2024
    by Guy Ottewell
    141 pages, August 2023
    Level: All

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    Description: This is the revival of a famous book that was published for more than 40 years. The whole year's events in the night sky. Monthly spreads with sky domes and listing of nearly 600 events; sections on the Sun and seasons, the Moon, eclipses, occultations, each planet, asteroids, meteor showers; glossary of terms, full explanations. Many sky scenes, charts, and diagrams in full color, including 3-D views of space.

    The 2024 book is like the former ones but in more compact size (8.5 by 11 inches), so that there are more pages (141). The content is as vast as before: monthly spreads with listings of events (nearly 600 altogether) and sky dome and solar-sytem view; many sky scenes; sections on the Sun and seasons, the Moon, eclipses, occultations, each planet, asteroids, meteor showers; full explanation, and a glossary of terms. Unlike the former books, the 2024 book has full color. Yet it is $9 cheaper!.

    Reviewer: "The large Ottewell calendar deserves pride of place... a work of kinematics-made-vivid... a piece of original samizdat... Its author is a gifted artist... To his talented brush, his sense of form in space, and his apt and pithy choice of words, he has added a deft hand at the computer keyboard." -- Philip Morrison in Scientific American more»

    Road Atlas for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2024   Road Atlas for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2024
    Color Edition

    by Fred Espenak
    40 pages, June 2017

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    Description: On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible from parts of the United States and Canada. Although a partial eclipse will be seen from all of North America, the total phase in which the Moon completely covers the Sun (known as totality) will only be seen from within the ~120-mile-wide path of the Moon's umbral shadow as it sweeps cross Mexico, the United States (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine), and Canada (Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland).

    The Road Atlas for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2024 contains a comprehensive series of 26 maps of the path of totality across Mexico, the USA and Canada. The large scale (1 inch = 22 miles) shows both major and minor roads, towns and cities, rivers, lakes, parks, national forests, wilderness areas and mountain ranges.

    The path of totality on each map is depicted as a lightly shaded region with the northern and southern limits clearly identified. The total eclipse can only be seen inside this path. The closer one gets to the central line of the path, the longer the total eclipse lasts. Gray lines inside the path mark the duration of the total eclipse in 30 second steps. This makes it easy to estimate the duration of totality from any location in the eclipse path.

    Armed with this atlas and the latest weather forecasts, the road warrior is ready to chase totality no matter where it takes him/her along the entire path. This mobile strategy offers the highest probability of witnessing the spectacular 2024 total eclipse in clear skies.

    About the Author:
    Fred Espenak is a retired astrophysicist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. His primary research involved infrared spectroscopy of planetary atmospheres. He also became NASA's expert on solar and lunar eclipse predictions and created NASA's official eclipse website (eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov).

    Known by his nickname "Mr. Eclipse", he is co-author of the popular book Totality - The Great American Eclipses 2017 and 2024. He also wrote 13 NASA eclipse bul-letins, each focusing on a major eclipse. In 2014, Espenak published the comprehensive Thousand Year Canon of Solar Eclipses: 1501 to 2500 and the complementary volume Thousand Year Canon of Lunar Eclipses: 1501 to 2500. His most recent publication 21st Century Canon of Solar Eclipses is an essential guide to all eclipses of the Sun this Century.

    Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2024 April 08   Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2024 April 08
    Color Edition

    by Fred Espenak & Jay Anderson
    105 pages, August 2022

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    Description: On Monday, 2024 April 08, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible from the contiguous United States for the first time since 2017. The track of the Moon's umbral shadow begins in the Pacific Ocean and crosses northern Mexico before reaching the USA. Traveling southwest to northeast, it sweeps through fifteen states: Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. The path of totality also crosses six Canadian provinces: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. Within the 88 to 126 mile-wide path of totality, the Moon will completely cover the Sun as the landscape is plunged into an eerie twilight and the Sun's glorious corona is revealed for nearly 4 and 1/2 minutes.

    Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2024 April 08 - Color Edition is the ultimate guide to this much anticipated event. Written by two of the leading experts on eclipses, the bulletin is a treasure trove of facts on every conceivable aspect of the eclipse. Exact details about the path of the Moon's shadow can be found in a series of tables containing geographic coordinates, times, altitudes, and physical dimensions. A number of high resolution maps plot the total eclipse track across Mexico, the USA, and Canada. They show hundreds of cities and towns in the path, the location of major roads and highways, and the duration of totality with distance from the central line.

    Local circumstance tables for hundreds cities throughout Mexico, the USA, and Canada provide times for each phase of the eclipse along with the eclipse magnitude, duration and Sun's altitude. An exhaustive climatological study identifies areas along the eclipse path where the highest probability of favorable weather may be found. Finally, comprehensive information is presented about solar filters and how to safely observe the eclipse.

    For 15 years, Fred Espenak and Jay Anderson published more than a dozen eclipse bulletins for NASA, each one covering a major solar eclipse. Prepared in cooperation with the IAU, the bulletins were internationally recognized as the most authoritative reference for each eclipse. The team has reunited to produce this new bulletin on the 2024 total eclipse through North America.

    About the Author:
    Fred Espenak is a retired astrophysicist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. His primary research involved infrared spectroscopy of planetary atmospheres. He also became NASA's expert on solar and lunar eclipse predictions and created NASA's official eclipse website (eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov).

    Known by his nickname "Mr. Eclipse", he is co-author of the popular book Totality - The Great American Eclipses 2017 and 2024. He also wrote 13 NASA eclipse bul-letins, each focusing on a major eclipse. In 2014, Espenak published the comprehensive Thousand Year Canon of Solar Eclipses: 1501 to 2500 and the complementary volume Thousand Year Canon of Lunar Eclipses: 1501 to 2500. His most recent publication 21st Century Canon of Solar Eclipses is an essential guide to all eclipses of the Sun this Century.

     

      Astronomical Calendar 2023
    by Guy Ottewell
    139 pages, October 2022
    Level: All

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    Description: This is the revival of a famous book that was published for more than 40 years. The whole year's events in the night sky. Monthly spreads with sky domes and listing of 568 events; sections on the Sun and seasons, the Moon, eclipses, occultations, each planet, asteroids, meteor showers; glossary of terms, full explanations. Many sky scenes, charts, and diagrams in full color, including 3-D views of space.

    The 2023 book is like the former ones but in more compact size (8.5 by 11 inches), so that there are more pages (139). The content is as vast as before: monthly spreads with listings of events (nearly 600 altogether) and sky dome and solar-sytem view; many sky scenes; sections on the Sun and seasons, the Moon, eclipses, occultations, each planet, asteroids, meteor showers; full explanation, and a glossary of terms. Unlike the former books, the 2023 book has full color. Yet it is $9 cheaper!.

    Reviewer: "The large Ottewell calendar deserves pride of place... a work of kinematics-made-vivid... a piece of original samizdat... Its author is a gifted artist... To his talented brush, his sense of form in space, and his apt and pithy choice of words, he has added a deft hand at the computer keyboard." -- Philip Morrison in Scientific American more»

    2023 Night Sky Almanac - A Month-by-Month Guide to North America's Skies from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada   2023 Night Sky Almanac
    A Month-by-Month Guide to North America's Skies from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

    by Nicole Mortillaro
    120 pages, September 2022

    List Price: $14.95
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    Description: A portable guidebook for enjoying the night sky in 2023.

    2023 Night Sky Almanac is the ideal resource for both novice and experienced sky watchers in the United States and Canada, with all of the advice, information and data that enthusiasts need to understand and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.

    This in-depth guide first introduces readers to the objects in the sky -- from stars, to comets, to globular clusters -- and then takes them through the cosmic events to look out for each month in 2023, with sky maps, moon phase charts and info about the planets. The book also features:

    • Methods for using your hands to measure angles in the sky
    • Information about binoculars and telescopes
    • A glossary of terms
    • A list of helpful resources
    • Full color spreads of the monthly attractions
    2023 Night Sky Almanac is both a comprehensive introduction to Astronomy and a quick reference book for more experienced sky watchers who don't want to miss a thing. Its compact size means it's perfect for taking on an "astro-vacation" or simply sky viewing in the backyard.

    The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) was founded ad hoc in 1868 and incorporated in 1890 with a dual membership of professionals and amateurs. It has 29 Canadian chapters and over 5,000 members. The Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada is entering its 116th year of publication, and the RASC also produces a number of other publications and guidebooks.

    About the Author:
    Nicole Mortillaro is an avid amateur astronomer, author, editor, Senior Science Reporter for CBC News and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. She is the author of Saturn, and lives in Toronto, Canada.

      2023 Guide to the Night Sky
    A Month-by-month Guide to Exploring the Skies Above North America

    by Storm Dunlop and Wil Tirion
    112 pages, December 2022
    Level: All

    List Price: $13.95
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    Available as a UK Edition (Britain and Ireland) at:

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  • Description: This is the ideal gift for beginners and experienced stargazers in the United States and Canada and has been updated to include new and practical information covering events occurring in North America's night sky throughout 2023.

    This practical guide is both an easy introduction to astronomy and a useful reference for seasoned stargazers. Now includes a section on comets and a map of the moon.

    Written and illustrated by astronomical experts, Storm Dunlop and Wil Tirion, and approved by the astronomers of the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Content includes advice on where to start looking; easy-to-use star maps for each month with descriptions of what to see; positions of the moon and visible planets; and details of objects and events in 2023.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment (2022 Edition): Well written. Nice diagrams. more»

    night sky almanac: a stargazer's guide to 2023   Night Sky Almanac
    A Stargazer's Guide to 2023

    by Royal Observatory Greenwich, Storm Dunlop and Wil Tirion
    272 pages, January 2023
    Level: All

    List Price: $14.95
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    Also available at: Amazon.co.uk.

    Description: A beautiful gift for anyone interested in the night sky.

    Follow the progress of constellations throughout the seasons with this beautiful companion to the night sky from Astronomy experts Collins.

    With the aid of easy-to-understand monthly calendars and maps, you will chart the rhythm of the lunar phases, discover events that light up the sky for brief periods, and explore the rich tapestry of characters that adorn the starry canvas overhead. You can delve as deeply as you like, or follow your own favourite subject throughout the year.

    • Never miss a night sky event wherever you are in the world with this month-by-month guide
    • Go meteor spotting, track the phases of the moon and explore the constellations
    • Worldwide coverage -- with details for both the Northern and Southern hemispheres
    • Discover fascinating celestial facts and notable astronomical anniversaries
    Written and illustrated by astronomical experts, Storm Dunlop and Wil Tirion, and approved by the astronomers of the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

    About the Authors:
    Storm Dunlop is an experienced Astronomy and meteorology author and translator. Books include Gem Weather (Collins, 2012), Meteorology Manual (Haynes, 2014), Practical Astronomy (Philip's, 2012) and is the lead author for the bestselling annual Guide to the Night Sky (Collins). Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, the Royal Meteorological Society and a member of the International Astronomical Union.
    Wil Tirion is an award-winning astro-cartographer (uranographer). His work has appeared in dozens of atlases, books, and magazines. He lives in the Netherlands.

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