Category Archives: Stargazing
As part of the University of St Andrews School of Physics & Astronomy’s Colloquia, Dr Chris Lintott was invited to give a lecture on the ‘Zooniverse’, the online database where anyone can take part in active scientific research into practically anything; galaxies, exoplanets, whale communication, cyclone data and tonnes more.
During the actual lecture he focussed more on the Galaxy Zoo – the project on classifying different galaxies – which when it started up caused the Harvard-based server to catch fire simply because it became ‘so darn’ popular!
Here are the highlights of my own chat with Chris, which only happened after the Head of School assisted me in tracking him down… Unfortunately you can’t see quite how tall or hear quite how loud he is in real life, from reading this. Trust me; he is!
Photo © UK Space Agency
The Stargazers’ Almanac is the perfect companion for the entire year. In the style of a normal calendar, it shows you what you should be able to see in the Northern Hemisphere each month.
We start of with a couple of handy pages that explain how to use the almanac, how to observe specific celestial treats and various nuggets of information. Also, at the end of the Almanac is a few pages of more background information about calendars, full sky map, the BAA Campaign for Dark Skies.
For each month, you have two views, one facing North and the other facing South. On these it plots the positions of the stars and constellations, and gives you any other exciting finds like planets and meteor shower locations.
Also for each view, it has a small paragraph giving you ideas of what’s good to take a look at for that month and how to find it, dates for the different faces of the Moon and how to find planets. That’s a lot of stuff to fit into a month.
So if you’ve got someone at home who loves looking up at the night sky (or yourself for that matter) then this is the ultimate guide to getting the most out of your stargazing.
Available for purchase from Floris Books for £14.99.
Disclaimer: Review based on Stargazers’ Almanac 2012, specific descriptions may be different for Stargazers’ Almanac 2013.