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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?