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Summer Evenings Under the Stars

Have you ever looked up at the evening sky and wondered at the beauty of the stars and planets?  Have you wanted to become familiar with the names of the stars and the movement of the heavenly bodies?  The Metropolitan Library System has just what you need.  Check out The Night Sky Month by Month, by Will Gater.  This book will tell you what to look for and when and where to look.  Then there is Turn Left at Orion: a Hundred Night Sky Objects to See in a Small Telescope – and How to Find Them, by Guy Consolmangno. 

For a fun look at the sky, try The Stars: a New Way to See Them by H. A. Rey, the creator of Curious George.  Another great book is The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide, by Terence Dickinson.  This guide is full of advice on sky viewing, telescopes, binoculars, astronomical photography and much, much more. 

For the more advanced amateur, there is Advanced Skywatching: the Backyard Astronomer’s Guide to Starhopping and Exploring the Universe, by Robert Burnham. Or, for a more mathematical understanding, try Astrophysics is easy!: an Introduction for the Amateur Astronomer, by Mike Inglis.  Finally, you may enjoy The Astronomy Bible: the Definitive Guide to the Night Sky and the Universe, by Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest. 

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