Posted on Sunday, December 11, 2016
By Kadri
 Twenty-Five Astronomical Observations That Changed the World: And How To Make Them Yourself by Michael Marett-Crosby

In a 21st century setting it can sometimes come as a surprise what and how was discovered or observed, because some things seem self-evident. This book shows how not everything has been so throughout the history of astronomy, and how observations of some objects and details on them have changed the way that humankind views the Universe or their place in it. Starting from observations of our own Moon and the moons of Jupiter, other planets, stars and galaxies.

This book is a great source for inspiration if you have a telescope, and have already observed the Moon and maybe the brightest planets, but don't know what to observe next. It provides objects to observe, as well as very strong reasons for it, that you might not have thought of before, an in case of astronomical objects that  you have seen through a telescope before, it gives the observations more depth and purpose than just collecting a list of objects that you have seen with your own eyes.

I found that it is an excellent book and I wish I had had the chance to read it on the cloudy nights when I had just aquired a telescope. I think it's a better first books for observations than any big atlas or guide to specific types of objects. Perfect book to accompany a first telescope.


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