Since ancient times people around the world have used astronomy to time the seasons, to navigate at sea, and to understand our world. Selections in this volume span the history of astronomy from the earliest star charts to contemporary plans for planetary expeditions.
We have the impression that the solar system is perfectly regular like a clock, or a planetarium instrument. On a short timescale it is. But, seen in a longer perspective, the planets, and their satellites, have exciting lives, full of events.
The indispensable guide to the night sky provides novice stargazers and professional astronomers alike with the most informative, user-friendly, comprehensive, and authoritative celestial field guide available.