Understand and enjoy the solar system and beyond with this practical guide to astronomy. Pick up all the basics of sky-watching. Start off by taking a tour around the night sky in simple stages, discovering how it fits together and how it works. Then take a closer look at the objects you can see and learn to train your eye to recognize basic patterns of constellations and how to tell planets apart from other celestial bodies. Plus, there's advice on buying and using kit, from binoculars to telescopes. Packed with detailed maps of the night sky and star charts to help any budding astronomer in their quest to find out more about this fascinating subject.