The Best Books for Stargazers

It's an exciting time for stargazers right now! As the nights draw in and crisp, cold but clear nights descend... there's so much more opportunity to look up to the skies above and spot some wonders of the universe.

We still have three meteor showers, one supermoon and the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter to look forward to before the end of 2017 as well as, of course, the ever-present constellations to spot.

Keep an eye out for:

- Full Moons on the 4th of November and 3rd of December.

- The Taurid Meteor Shower which will be best visible on the 4th and the 5th of November.

- The conjunction of Venus and Jupiter on the 13th of November

- The Geminid Meteor Shower which will be best visible on the 13th and 14th of December.

- The Ursid Meteor Shower which will be best visible on the 23rd of December

And, whether you're an expert stargazer in need of some more fascinating reading to quench your thirst for knowledge, are a newbie looking to take up the hobby or have a stargazer to buy for this Christmas, we have some brilliant books for stargazers to keep you occupied in the daytime until the stars come out.

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1. Stargazing for Beginners: 2nd Edition

DK

If you want to get into the brilliant hobby of stargazing then this comprehensive guide by DK is a must. Packed with useful images and diagrams and full to the brim with helpful information about all the main constellations, you will have no trouble becoming a stargazing expert.

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2. 2018 Guide to the Night Sky

Storm Dunlop and Wil Tirion

Get ready for the New Year early with this fantastic guide to 2018's night sky. With easy-to-follow diagrams showing you what to look for in your telescope next year, plus loads of advice and insights into what you'll be seeing and when, this book is great for anyone with an interest in star gazing. Whether you're an amateur or a long-time fan of astronomy, you'll love this handy guide to next year's skies.

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3. Star to Star

Gareth Moore, B.Sc M. Phil Ph

This beautiful dot-to-dot book has a wonderful starry theme. By linking the dots you are piecing together the most well-known constellations. Plus, each of the 29 intricate designs is paired with a fact file all about that particular constellation. An absolute must for fans of art and the stars, this book will teach you all about the night sky in the most fun and unusual way.

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4. An Astronomer's Tale

Gary Fildes

Gary Fildes, the founder of the Kilder observatory, has put together this interesting part-memoir and part-guide to the night sky for all home astronomers. Gary started out as a bricklayer but discovered a love for stars when he he'd work on the building sites in the evenings and now he shares his passion with you in this brilliant book. Explore what constellations you can view each month as well as read all about someone who really does love stars just as much as you do.

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5. The Stars: The Definitive Visual Guide

DK

This visual guide shows the stars in all their glory. Taking you through a star's lifetime from nebulae to black holes and with a section all about constellations, this book is a must for stargazers with an interest in the science of the night sky as well as seeing the stars through a telescope.

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6. Philip's Astronomy Starter Pack

Ian Ridpath

Containing a Solar System poster, astronomy book and a glow-in-the-dark planisphere, this pack is perfect for all amateur astronomers. Whatever your age or prior knowledge of the stars and planets, this book can open your eyes to all you can learn about astronomy and be fun addition to your home library.

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7. Starfinder for Beginners

DK

9 years +

This brilliant stargazing guide is great for children or beginners with a growing fascination with the sky at night. With loads of advice, photographs and information about the stars, there is a lot of fun to be had with this guide. Plus, this book comes with a glow-in-the-dark night-sky viewer to help you identify constellations on the go.

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8. How to Build a Universe

Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince and Alexandra Feachem

Based on their Radio 4 show The Infinite Monkey Cage, Brain and Robin look at some of the best discoveries and theories in British science. Supported by quotes from scientists and packed with fun comments from comedians, this is a hilarious take on the universe. And, although it's not strictly a book on the night sky, what stargazers aren't fans of the incredible Brian Cox?

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Happy stargazing!

  • HWUC
    Brian Cox
    Inspired by their hit Radio 4 series The Infinite Monkey Cage, Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince's How to Build a Universe provides readers with an eye-opening journey through the grand and bizarre ideas that have been conjured up by the imaginations of humans.

    From dark matter to consciousness, the very brainy duo take the musings of the great and the good of British science and look into how these theories and ideas have come about. This book provides an insight into the multi-faceted subjects involved in building a universe, and it's all backed up by quotes from leading scientists and comedians including Neil deGrasse Tyson and Stephen Fry.

    Sometimes silly, sometimes mind-blowing and occasionally facetious, this is the perfect book for fans of the irreverent show and anyone who wants to have their minds blown by the wonders of science.
  • PHAS
    Ian Ridpath
    • £6.99
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    Containing a planisphere for the first ever time, this Philip's Astronomy Starter Pack will inspire the whole family to start stargazing.

    The pack contains three essential items that will introduce beginners to astronomy - a glow-in-the-dark planisphere; an 80-page paperback book about the stars and planets; and a colourful Solar System poster. The planisphere has been specially made so that stars, names and shapes of constellations will be visible after it has been held under a bright light. It's a fun and practical starfinder that comes with instructions.

    The poster is huge (580 x 870mm) and is full of informative text while the Exploring Stars and Planets book is a colourful and entertaining introduction to the subject. It's packed with photographs, artwork and maps.

    This whole pack is suitable for use in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • SFND 8 years +
    8 years +
    • £4.99
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    This is a stargazing guide for budding astronomers and it's full of step-by-step guides to identifying all of the key constellations across the northern hemisphere.

    Making the night sky easier to navigate than ever before, it also provides facts and information on the milky way and various other wonders of the universe.

    It comes with a glow-in-the-dark star finder and will inspire children to add to their new-found knowledge every night when they look up at the stars.
  • SGFB
    • £4.99
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    Learn all about the stars in our sky with this fantastic, introductory book from DK. It will show you all the basics of stargazing and help you on your way to becoming an accomplished amateur astronomer.

    Full of practical advice, it shows you how to make observations with the naked eye before then explaining how you can make the most of binoculars and telescopes. It even reveals the best ways of taking jaw-dropping photographs of the night sky.

    This book also includes a year-by-year calendar of night-sky events, alongside a detailed atlas that shows what happens on a month-by-month basis and clear star charts to help you identify the major constellations.
  • GTNS
    Storm Dunlop
    • £2.99
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    If you're fascinated by the night sky but have never had the chance to get into stargazing, make sure 2018 is finally the year you reach for the stars...

    From the experts at Collins, this bestselling and very practical handbook explains which planets, stars and constellations will be visible from the northern hemisphere from January to December, 2018.

    It also provides advice on where to start looking and contains easy-to-use star maps for every month with descriptions of what you will see. It even includes monthly updates on the positions of the moon.

    Handy for both new and seasoned stargazers, this book has been written for use in Britain and Ireland but can be used anywhere in the world between 40 DegreesN and 60 DegreesN (most of Europe, southern Canada and the northern United States).
  • SDVG
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    Completely out of this world, this huge guide to the stars truly is the definitive visual guide to the cosmos.

    Fully authenticated by the Smithsonian Insitution, the book covers everything from glittering star birth nebulae to supermassive black holes and features a 3D graphic that charts the constellations across the night sky.

    A great gift for anyone who is fascinated by the night sky or who sees themselves as the next Brian Cox, the book contains new imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope and features topics ranging from the Milky Way to the Big Bang.
  • AAST
    Gary Fildes
    • £4.99
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    A former bricklayer who decided to follow his passion for the stars after working on sites for 25 years, Gary Fildes is the founder and lead astronomer of Kielder observatory.

    Part-memoir, part-seasonal guide to the night sky, An Astronomer's Tale finds Gary explaining why he loves the stars so much and the reasons why he decided to set up an observatory in the forests that are located in what is officially the darkest place in England. Sitting beneath a sky that is so clear that thousands of stars can be seen every night, you can even see Venus cast a shadow and the Northern Lights on many occasions from his observatory.

    Describing his love in an accessible style, he shares his enthusiasm and the chapters alternate between accounts of his life and a month-by-month guide to stargazing for a general reader. Gary states how if he can reconnect with the wonders of nature, you surely can, too!
  • STRR
    Gareth Moore, B.Sc, M.Phil, Ph
    • £3.99
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    This dot-to-dot book is perfect for puzzle-loving stargazers. It has 29 intricate dot-to-dot projects that each showcase a beautiful artistic interpretation of a constellation.

    Sure to engage both puzzlers and night sky enthusiasts, the designs include the 12 zodiac signs and an enchanting selection of Ancient Greek constellations. It also provides the stories behind each one so will help you build your knowledge of the night sky.

    Each design is even accompanied by an overview of the astronomical arrangement's history and myths associated with it. This is a sensational book for helping you to plot your own night sky.