Thursday, November 24, 2005

A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets by Donald H. Menzel and Jay M. Pasachoff

I’ve had this book forever, ever since I first got interested in astronomy, and finally got around to reading it cover to cover now. It didn’t really teach me much, but gave me some new ways of thinking about things. Galaxies, for instance. Yeah, we all know there are tons of them up there, but it isn’t until you read the descriptions associated with 52 star charts highlighting every observable point of interest in the sky, that you really get an understanding of how many there actually are. Holy Christ, there are a freaking ton of galaxies up there.

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