Wednesday 14 December 2022

Night Sky Almanac 2023 - Storm Dunlop and Wil Tirion

A beautiful gift for anyone interested in the night sky.

Follow the progress of constellations throughout the seasons with this beautiful companion to the night sky from Astronomy experts Collins.

With the aid of easy-to-understand monthly calendars and maps, you will chart the rhythm of the lunar phases, discover events that light up the sky for brief periods, and explore the rich tapestry of characters that adorn the starry canvas overhead.

  • never miss a night sky event wherever you are in the world with this month-by-month guide
  • go meteor spotting, track the phases of the moon and explore the constellations
  • worldwide coverage – with details for both the Northern and Southern hemispheres
  • discover fascinating celestial facts and notable astronomical anniversaries
Written and illustrated by astronomical experts, Storm Dunlop and Wil Tirion, and approved by the astronomers of the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

What did I think?

I’ve always been interested in the night sky but this is the first almanac I have ever had; I expect it to be put to good use throughout the whole of 2023.

The hardback has a beautifully illustrated cloth bound style cover and it’s a really handy pocket-sized book to slip in your bag if you’re going out stargazing.  The month by month guide to the night sky has some handy features to quickly and easily select the correct month: each month is highlighted on the page edges and there is a very useful ribbon marker too.

There is a lot of information at the start and end of the book for novices and accomplished stargazers alike, including: introduction, some interesting objects, major events in 2023, the moon, map of the moon, the circumpolar constellations, world map, dark sky sites, twilight diagrams, glossary and tables, and an index.

Each month contains a wealth of information to devour as well as charts and diagrams to peruse.  I found some of the small fonts on the diagrams to be a little hard to read, especially as they are white words printed on a black background so you might need a magnifying glass if you don’t have good eyes.

It’s very good value for money and incredibly giftable for anyone interested in looking at the night sky.  I can’t wait for January so I can improve my knowledge and further appreciate the night sky.

My rating:

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