21 March 2019

National Geographic's Backyard Guide to the Night Sky, 2nd Edition | Book Review


Explore the star-studded cosmos with this fully updated, user-friendly skywatcher’s guide, filled with charts, graphics, photographs, and expert tips for viewing — and understanding — the wonders of space.

Stargazing’s too much fun to leave to astronomers. In these inviting pages, “Night Sky Guy” Andrew Fazekas takes an expert but easygoing approach that will delight would-be astronomers of all levels. Essential information, organized logically, brings the solar system, stars, and planets to life in your own backyard. Start with the easiest constellations and then “star-hop” across the night sky to find others nearby. Learn about the dark side of the moon, how to pick Mars out of a planetary lineup, and which kinds of stars twinkle in your favorite constellations. Hands-on tips and techniques for observing with the naked eye, binoculars, or a telescope help make the most out of sightings and astronomical phenomena such as eclipses and meteor showers. Photographs and graphics present key facts in an easy-to-understand format, explaining heavenly phenomena such as black holes, solar flares, and supernovas. Revised to make skywatching even easier for the whole family, this indispensable guide shines light on the night sky–truly one of the greatest shows on Earth!

Publisher: National Geographic
Release Date: March 19, 2019


I am very much a newbie when it comes to the night sky. Though I have always been fascinated by it, I never pushed myself to learn what I needed to know—but this new edition of Backyard Guide to the Night Sky seems capable of remedying that.

Andrew Fazekas covers a wide range of topics, from stars, constellations, and planets to telescopes and more. Information-packed, accompanied by stunning graphics, but accessible even to a non-science person like me, Backyard Guide to the Night Sky is handy, useful, and visually appealing. I look forward to spending even more time with this guide and gaining a better understanding of the night sky.

Thanks to TLC Book Tours, I received a complimentary copy of Backyard Guide to the Night Sky and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


1 comment:

  1. I love NatGeo books because even if you are a newbie you can really get into these. I have so many NatGeo books I like to just page through periodically, this one needs to be in my stash. Thanks for being on this tour!

    Sara @ TLC Book Tours