New guide to space takes you "Out There"

By Ted Bonnitt on January 3rd, 2019
New guide to space takes you "Out There"

If you have an interest in learning the night skies and better know your place in the universe, check out "The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Astronomy."

Author Jenny Brown is an astronomy blogger at HobbyHelp and an enthusiastic stargazer who spent a month preparing the guide to spread her joy for the subject and inspire others to look up and out there.

It is a well written, easy primer to stargazing, offering remarkable perspectives like time travel, space exploration and how cosmology played a major role in the development of the human race including navigation, farming and ancient mythology.

You won't need an expensive telescope to begin your journey. Tips are offered how to get started, including what basic gear to use like a pair of binoculars. Even your unaided eyesight will reveal wonders with the help of this introductory guide.

In addition to finding planets, comets and significant stars, the guide explains the phases of the moon and how it directly affects our lives. It also explains how to safely look at the sun, our life source.

The guide links to apps and websites to help steer your space journey, including when to look up and see a flyover of  the International Space Station, the brightest man made object in space.

This labor of love leads curiosity seekers to dark sky "reserves" and ideal observation points close to cities where light pollution obscures the night sky.

With tips on how to take amazing photographs of the universe, where to find nearby planetariums and how to reach stargazing friends near you, "The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Astronomy" is an excellent first step into space.

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