Getting to know the night sky

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Northern Hemisphere Evening Sky Map

The Evening Sky Map is suitable for all stargazers including newcomers to astronomy. And, unlike other star charts on the Web, The Evening Sky Map will print clearly on any printer.
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For you to explore, learn and enjoy the night sky
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Getting to know the night sky

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Stargazing at the night sky

  • It is easy: you just have to look up!
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  • When your eyes dark-adapted it won’t take you long to notice that the stars can be joined up to form patterns
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  • You might recognise one straight away.
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  • You may be able to see the giant saucepan-shaped Plough, balanced on the end of its handle.
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  • But the Plough isn’t a constellation – it’s an asterism, a small pattern of stars immediately obvious to the naked eye.
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  • Astronomy gives us the skills we need to observe these stars, constellations and planets with the naked eye, or to use binoculars and telescopes to observe deep-sky objects like nebulae, galaxies and globular clusters.
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  • Deep Sky Objects are celestial objects that exist outside our solar system.
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  • A dark sky is always good and sometimes absolutely necessary – but some objects can also be observed under a light-polluted city sky.
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  • If you’re lucky you’ll be able to stargaze from your back garden.
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  • It might not be the ideal place.
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  • Your garden could be surrounded by other houses, tall buildings and trees, which all reduce the amount of sky you can see.
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  • And light pollution coming from nearby streetlights, pubs, shops and factories, and neighbours’ security lights, can take even more of your view away.
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  • But you could even just walk around the corner to your local park or school playing field – it’ll make a big difference to what you can see.
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  • Or enter a postcode or place name to find stargazing destinations or venues hosting forthcoming stargazing events – you can visit the GO Stargazing website for more information at what’s going on in your local.

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interstellarum Deep Sky Atlas

A joint publication by Oculum-Verlag and Cambridge University Press.
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interstellarum Deep Sky Atlas

  • It is an innovative, practical tool to choose and find stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.
  • Usually, deep sky objects are shown with just a standard symbol in the star charts. This atlas is different: all objects are shown according to their actual visibility.
  • Usually, deep sky objects are shown with just a standard symbol in the star charts. This atlas is different: all objects are shown according to their actual visibility.
  • Within each visibility class, the objects are labelled in different type weights and using graduated shades and colours for the symbols – the bolder the label or the darker the symbol, the easier it is to see the object.

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  • Spiral-bound and printed in red-light friendly colours on fully waterproof material, this full-sky atlas has a limiting magnitude of 9.5, plotting over 200,000 stars.
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A note from Derek about interstellarum Deep Sky Atlas:
– this book is the ideal companion for amateur observers of all levels.
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interstellarum deep sky atlas by Ronald Stoyan

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