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Moongazing: Beginner’s guide to exploring the Moon Paperback – 1 November 2018
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The Royal Observatory, Greenwich is the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian of the World, making it the official starting point for each new day and year. It is also home to London's only planetarium, the Harrison timekeepers and the UK's largest refracting telescope. It runs the annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.
A London-based freelance astronomer, astrophotographer, writer and speaker, specialising in the rewarding task of connecting people to their shared universe.
- Publisher : Collins (1 November 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 96 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0008305005
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008305000
- Item Weight : 150 g
- Dimensions : 14.8 x 0.5 x 21 cm
- Country of Origin : United Kingdom
- Best Sellers Rank: #36,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a beginner's guide and written to be accessible to a wide audience, be they a schoolchild or adult. It isn't heavy going, and the information comes in brief, well articulated sections. It's a slim paperback (and certainly not a pamphlet as suggested by one reviewer) that's divided into three sections: General lunar information, a lunar atlas and finally, astrophotography.
Section 1 - The Moon
Thirty three pages covering subjects such as its origin, orbit, phases, surface feature nomenclature, observation, exploration, eclipses, conjunctions and so on. Did you know that the traditional name for a full moon in January is a 'wolf moon' ? Or that Apollo 11 landed on a bed of ancient solidified lava?
Section 2 - Lunar Atlas
The lunar surface (that visible from Earth) divided into 16 squares, with a map of each, accompanied by the corresponding photograph and some interesting notes.
Section 3 - Astrophotography
Some really useful advice here about how to take our own photographs, whether with a DSLR, or an inexpensive telescope and a smartphone.
Altogether a lovely book, Moongazing satisfies a general interest and provides a primer for anyone who might discover they're keen to know more. I loved reading it, and I shall buying another to give as a gift to a family member. Great fun for young and old alike. Recommended.