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December 15, 2005


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Books: The Concise Atlas of the Stars, by Serge Brunier (Firefly Books, 2005, 64 pages)

Genius, sheer genius, I tell you, and worth every penny.


A book of entrancing full-page photographs overlain by transparency pages that label the stars. So you can see the sky naked, as you actually see it, and then see it with labels on it, and keep going back and forth between the two until you’ve got it.

Look up at the sky tonight, then open up this book and find out what you were really looking at. The Concise Atlas of the Stars takes the frustration out of stargazing.

You’ll want to start with a guide—magazine, newspaper column, or other book—that tells you which stars or planets will be visible in which parts of your sky at what times tonight. Once you’ve identified one or two of them to anchor yourself, this book will greatly enhance your experience.

— Lisa Parsons