The Sky Guide Africa South 2021

May 8, 2020 | Book Reviews, Nature & Conservation | 0 comments

The Sky Guide Africa South 2021 – An Astronomical Handbook for Southern Africa.

by The Astronomical Society.

Produced by the Astronomical Society Sky Guide 2021 is now in it’s 75th year.  An essential, and eagerly awaited handbook for anyone interested in the night skies of  southern Africa. 

A practical and easy-to-follow guide, with photographs and diagrams, it is a wealth of information about the Sun, Moon, planets, comets, meteors and bright stars. Star charts show the evening sky for each of the four seasons. There are separate schedules of sun and moon rise-and-set with times centered on Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Harare. The Sky Guide also covers planetary movements, predicted eclipses and meteor showers for 2021.  There is a wealth of knowledge in this small book for all astronomers, whether novice, amateur or professional.

Included is a very useful glossary, advice on basic observing skills, the history and information of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa, and the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope and interesting information on Astronomy on the Internet.  Also included is an overview of the most useful online resources available to the astronomy enthusiast and a list of indigenous astronomy words.   

Published by Struik Nature/Penguin Random House and the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA).  ISBN 978 1 77584 7243 R150