Astronomy For Beginners is a friendly and accessible guide to our universe, our galaxy, our solar system and the planet we call home. Each year as we cruise through space on this tiny blue-green wonder, a number of amazing and remarkable events occur. For example, like clockwork, we ll run head-on into asteroid and cometary debris that spreads shooting stars across our skies. On occasion, we ll get to watch the disk of the Moon passing the Sun, casting its shadow on the face of the Earth, and sometimes we ll get to watch our own shadow as it glides across the face of the Moon. The Sun s path will constantly change across the daytime sky, as will the stars and constellations at night. During this time, we ll also get to watch the other majestic planets in our solar system wander the skies, as they too circle the Sun in this elaborate celestial dance.
Astronomy For Beginners will explain this elaborate celestial dance the patterns of the heavens, the equinoxes and the solstices, the major meteor showers, and the solar and lunar eclipses. In addition, Astronomy For Beginners will also take you on a guided tour of the solar system and beyond. We ll discover how the way we measure time itself is intimately related to celestial phenomena, and we ll furthermore explore our historical and continuing mission to understand our place in this marvelous universe in which we find ourselves.
Oh yeah, one more thing: Astronomy For Beginners will not only help you become an expert in space and time but it also promises to be a pretty fun ride"