28Dec2014

Review: 2015 Australasian Sky Guide

Nick

The proud author Nick Lomb with his 2015 Australian Sky Guide 25th Anniversary issue

Around this time each year I get excited and eagerly await the inevitable new release of books, magazines and associated software ready for review.  Electronic technology is fine  but print  still holds a fascination for me.

In the book line, one publication in particular stands out and remains my constant companion right through the year. That’s because its user friendly and chock full of the latest night sky information I need.  As a regular contributor with my page ‘Out Of This World for Australasian Science Magazine, and producing my regular astronomy column ‘Stargazing’ each week for over 20 Australian newspapers, I need a reference source I can trust.

A Special Edition

Compact, easy to use and reliable, this popular guide contains everything you need to know about the southern night sky . This special 25th anniversary edition of the Sky Guide celebrates a landmark with highlights from the past as well as monthly astronomy maps, viewing tips and highlights, and details of the year’s upcoming exciting celestial events.  With ease even ‘newbies’ can estimate local rise and set times for the Sun, Moon and planets and extract information on the solar system for any particular time of year. Its updated with the latest findings from space probes so you know the information will be spot on!

A Continuing Favourite

Wherever you are in Australia or New Zealand The 2015 Australasian Sky Guide is a must in every astronomer’s field bag. Published annually since 1991, the Sky Guide continues to be a favourite with photographers, event planners, sports organisers, teachers, students — and anyone who looks up at the stars and wants to know more. I don’t only use it, I need it to plan my personal observing sessions and the many group events our Astronomy Club hold each year.

Sky Guide 2015 highlights

  • Venus approaches Mars in February and November
  • Total eclipse of the Moon in April
  • Venus approaches Jupiter in July and October
  • Mercury approaches Jupiter in August

Format: Paperback     Language: English    Number Of Pages: 112

* You can buy the ‘Australasian sky guide’ at good bookshops and at Sydney Observatory or the Powerhouse Museum for $16.95. You can also buy it online (additional postage charges apply).

 

About the Author

Nick Lomb was Curator of Astronomy at the Sydney Observatory for over thirty years (1979-2010). He continues to work as a consultant astronomer for the Sydney Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Observatory.

He is the author of the Australian Sky Guide, published annually by the Powerhouse Museum, as well several books on astronomy including Astronomy for the Southern Sky (1986) and the catalogue produced for the Powerhouse Museum’s exhibition on the 2004 transit of Venus,Transit of Venus: The Scientific Event that Led Captain Cook to Australia (2004).

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