Stargazing: A Graphic Guide To The Heavens

2004, Science  -   15 Comments

Stargazing: A Graphic Guide To The HeavensOn a crystal-clear evening, on vacation perhaps, how often do we contemplate the night sky and promise to learn the stars and constellations? Somehow, we never get round to it. Charts in newspapers look too complicated. Astronomical handbooks are equally daunting.

Stargazing is the answer - the night sky simply and beautifully mapped, an animated stellar atlas that works from anywhere on Earth. Season-by-season, it signposts and explains. Little by little - like learning a language - the cosmos is comprehensible.

Stargazing is a glossy work of reference that will last and last. Animated vignettes turn points of light - stars, nebulae, galaxies - into supernovae, flashing pulsars, searing quasars and rotating swarms of 150-billion stars with super-massive black holes at their centers.

The sky is viewed from three latitude bands - from the mid-latitudes of the northern hemisphere (Japan, Europe, North America), from the tropics, and from the mid-latitudes of the southern hemisphere (Australasia and southern South America). There are no "talking heads", no interviews, no on-screen host. Episodes included: How The Sky Works, Northern Latitudes, Tropics and South, and Vagabonds.

Ratings: 8.00/10from 23 users.

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15 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Epicurean_Logic

    Sorry about the randomness of the previous comment, there was a serious concentration of fun-juice flowing through my bloodstream at the time!

    Part one of this is still really amazing. Clear, consise and informative. A must see for all serious star-gazers.

  2. Greywall

    I wish when I'm dead, packed in a glass jar should be catapulted into endless depths of this beautiful space... but I know this would remain just wishful thinking... to see space is my passion... my heartiest thanks to vladko for adding this 'gem' to this beautiful website...

  3. Septeloid

    This collection of video is truly fantastic! I've always had an interest in astronomy since I was young. Now I feel young again watching this :) Now where did I put those binnoculars..........

  4. Epicurean_Logic

    The Sabians arabs were descended from Babylonian starworshippers, it's one of the reasons why they were so good at maths! Thabit ibn Qurra, the greatest of these was responsible for translating a lot of greek math as well almost of the current knowledge we have of Archimides! The greatest of all time.

    Thabit was a scorcerer mystic and concerned with the concoction of love potions using amicable pais of numbers! The amicable pais 284 and 220 are one of his 'amicable pairs' In the bible genesis Jacob is said to have given Esau 220 goats! lets just hope that Esau returned the favour by giving him 284 chickens.

  5. Nada

    I really need to find a book with this information in it so I can start observing the beautiful night sky. Loved this documentary, especially the first one.

  6. luvmankind

    very very informative, I can say I have learnt quiete a few things from this, star gazing does hold a new meaning for me now!
    a moonless night in Wadi Rum sounds better than ever before

  7. Candace

    WTC7 buy me one too!!

  8. WTC7

    My youth fascination... Hard to believe how much of this stuff I forgot. At those times I knew every single constellation in the Northern Hemisphere and could name all the major stars. Now, well, a lot of it lost. The doc reminded me of my little telescope... somewhere in the attic... Perhaps should buy a new one :-)

  9. eireannach666

    I really enjoyed this. A great astronomy doc. I will end up watching this again sometime.

  10. Tina

    Soooooooo cooooooool!!! :)

  11. Rip

    Wicked. Cool name 'Epicurean Logic' nice.....winning since 33 A.D.

    ........Thanks Vladko.

  12. Kumar Sanghvi

    Extremely awesome.. very good information.

  13. Epicurean_Logic

    love it, love it, love it.

    i have seen part 1 at least 3 times. words fail me ( like they did during G.C.S.E. english). its totally accessable to amateur and adept alike.

    Parts 2 and 3 are much more involved and detailed. maybe more useful to the specialist .