Williamsburg Regional Library

Astronomy, a visual guide, Ian Ridpath ; additional contributors, Giles Sparrow and Carole Stott

Provides a comprehensive guide to the universe, from craters on the Moon to Jupiter's Great Red Spot, and includes maps of the night sky, profiles of constellations, and tips on using binoculars and telescopes
Table Of Contents
History. The beginnings of astronomy ; The rise of astrophysics ; Our place in the Universe ; Into orbit ; The race to the Moon ; Shuttles and stations ; Exploring the Solar System ; Unlocking the stars ; Pushing the limits -- The Universe. Origins. The structure of the Universe ; The Big Bang ; The first stars and galaxies ; The expanding Universe ; The fate of the Universe -- Phenomena. Star classification ; Stellar life cycles ; Multiple stars and clusters ; Variable stars ; Galaxies ; Planets of other stars -- The Solar System. Our Solar System ; The Sun ; Mercury ; Venus ; Earth ; The Moon ; Mars ; Jupiter ; Saturn ; Uranus ; Neptune ; Pluto ; Comets and meteors ; Asteroids and meteorites -- The Night Sky. Observation. The appearance of the sky ; Finding your way ; Starting observing ; Binoculars ; Telescope astronomy ; Astrophotography -- The constellations. Mapping the sky ; Understanding the charts ; Guide to the constellations -- Monthly sky guide -- Almanac
Literary Form
non fiction
Revised edition.
Issued in slipcase
Physical Description
352 pages, illustrations (chiefly color), 24 cm



Library Locations

  • Williamsburg Library

    515 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, VA, 23185, US