Academic journal article Science Scope

Starfinder

Academic journal article Science Scope

Starfinder

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By Carole Stott and Giles Sparrow. $25. 128 pp. Dorling Kindersley. New York. 2013. ISBN: 9781465414533.

For years I've gazed at the stars with great interest and little knowledge. Starfinder: The Complete Beginner's Guide to Exploring the Night Sky targets people just like me. When I opened the book, I was mesmerized by the first 12 pages of star photos. After this promising start, the first chapter provides practical information on star location, introducing readers to the unfamiliar concept of the celestial sphere. Additional chapters cover the solar system and the constellations, and the last chapter contains a monthly sky guide of highlights, including dominant constellations in both hemispheres, moon phases, and planetary positions. The included and removable planisphere (located inside the front cover) can be used to locate stars based on the time of year and time of day.

This book was impressive but also a bit of a challenge. The high reading level (lower high school) makes it inappropriate for younger students to use by themselves. The pages are packed with text and beautiful graphics, but there was so much information on each page that I found it difficult to focus. …

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