Carolina StarWatch: The Essential Guide to Our Night Sky

Carolina StarWatch: The Essential Guide to Our Night Sky

by Mike Lynch

Other Format(Spiral Bound - First)



With the down-to-earth style and far-ranging knowledge that have made him America's favorite stargazing instructor, Mike Lynch guides amateur and expert alike through the wonders of the night sky over North and South Carolina. Whether watching the sky from a backyard lawn chair or manning a high-powered telescope, stargazers of all levels will learn how and when to identify the major constellations at the Carolinas' latitude. With chapters on the origins and movements of stars, the mythology of constellations, the phases of the moon, the planets, and even buying a telescope, this book also serves as an accessible and in-depth beginner’s guide to the night sky. It includes 12 monthly star maps for Carolina skies, 21 constellation diagrams, a local resources guide, a list of the brightest stars in the region, and more than 80 beautiful color photographs of the heavens.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760328453
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Publication date: 02/15/2007
Series: StarWatch Series
Edition description: First
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Master stargazing instructor and author Mike Lynch has led his popular community stargazing classes for over 30 years and has instructed thousands of would-be backyard astronomers (and maybe a few would-be professional astronomers)! He also writes a weekly astronomy column for the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS and numerous other newspapers. In his day job, Mike is a broadcast meteorologist for WCCO Radio. He lives in Eagan, Minnesota.

Table of Contents




Make the Stars Your Old Friends


Chapter 1

Quantitative Meditation


Chapter 2

What’s a Star?


Chapter 3

A Sky Full of Constellations


Chapter 4

Stars on the Move


Chapter 5

Using Star Maps


Chapter 6

Northern Constellations


Chapter 7

Autumn Constellations


Chapter 8

Winter Constellations


Chapter 9

Spring Constellations


Chapter 10

Summer Constellations


Chapter 11

The Marvelous but Mischievous Moon


Chapter 12

Planets, Wanderers of the Sky


Chapter 13

Celestial Extras


Chapter 14

You and Your Telescope


Appendix A

Planet Locator


Appendix B

Brightest Stars


Appendix C





Appendix D

Monthly Star Maps

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Observer (Fayetteville, NC), Feb. 4, 2007

“This is star-watching season – the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Oscars. But stargazing instructor Mike Lynch prefers a different kind of starwatching. His explanations of how stars received their names, and the book’s star maps, will make moms and dads seem smart when they are able to answer their children’s questions about which stars twinkle the brightest on winter evenings.”

The Book Watch, March 2007

“Will appeal to library collections of each state, which will relish the specific details unique to each region.”

Customer Reviews