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Astronomical Calendar 2014
This famous atlas-sized and richly illustrated book is the most
widely used and most attractive guide to what will happen in the
night sky throughout the year.
Each page is the size of three or four of an ordinary book, allowing
large spreads of mixed diagrams and text.
The Astronomical Calendar has been published continuously
since 1974, and is used by about 20,000 (amateurs, telescope-owners,
clubs, teachers, planetariums, libraries, enjoyers of the sky) in
over 100 countries.
11 x 15 in., 84 pages, many illustrations.
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Calendar 2014 and The Astronomical Companion
The Astronomical Calendar keeps improving (as
readers have said) and for 2014 it has taken a leap. There are extra
pages, an even richer array of illustrations and features, and an
even friendlier narrative style.
There are more pages for each month,
including sky domes not only for the north-hemisphere evening sky
but for other parts of the world and for other times of night; not
only the detailed timetables of events, but expansions of information
about calendar history and lore, the activities of the Earth and
Sun, the planets, the Moon, conjunctions and other patterns made
by the moving bodies, and the Wide Sky.
There are supplementary sections on
Eclipses; Meteors, Asteroids; Comets (particularly rich in diagrams);
Occultations; 3-D views of the orbits in space; large views of the
trajectories of Mercury and Venus in the dawn and dusk skies; drawings
of the planets' changing disks and the orbiting of their satellites
around them; graphs of the bodies' changing brightness, relation
to the Sun, and rising and setting times; a glossary of all terms
A new feature, the Zodiac Charts,
extends in colorful curves over four pages and makes it easy to
refer to all the movements of the Sun, Moon, and planets against
the background of the stars.
This year's cover painting is of the
sky as it rolls straight over us at the equator.
Every inch of its king-sized pages is
packed with artistry, information, lucid diagrams, and clever explanations
J. U. Gunter in Tonight's Asteroids
So valuable that many users keep their
copies for permanent reference George Lovi in Sky
Each year's book becomes more superbjust
when you think it can't get any better! A reader in
Thank goodness for Guy Ottewell.
If he didn't exist, I would have to invent him... [The book is]
of surpassing originality [and is] more than a calendar; it is a
compendium of all things astronomical that will happen during the
year, described with a graphic flair that is the author's particular
genius. The calendar is useful for neophytes, but it also evokes
the appreciation of experienced astronomers. It arrives every year
in December and, during early winter evenings, I curl up with it
and plan my coming year of stargazing. Chet Raymo in
The Boston Globe
It's hard to find one word to describe
Ottewell's Calendar: marvelous, educational, illuminating,
and classic just seem to scratch the surface. Beginning and veteran
observers alike love this book. I consider it a must-have even for
armchair astronomers. If you don't have a copy, buy one today...
The diagrams showing the motions of the planets and comets are alone
worth the price of this book. Dave Bruning in Astronomy
This is my husband's favorite Christmas
gift. I could buy him the moon and he would like this book better.
Lynda Detray, Troy, New Hampshire
Kudos for getting all the Comet ISON
material in!!!!!! Even SkyTools doesn't have all the new comets
in yet. And RASC went to publication too early to include it.
Jane Jones, Cassini program, NASA
Click here to see James Weightman's design for a celestial sphere made from the all-sky star maps in the Astronomical Calendar
Astronomical Calendar 2013 is
still available (at reduced price), with its trove of information
on Comet ISON, expected to reach naked-eye or even daylight brightness
in the last months of the year before climbing to the sky's north pole
in January. It was discovered only in September 2012, too late for other
annual publications to include. But we managed to drop everything
and work out the amazing details of its dive from deep space almost to
Back issues of the Astronomical Calendar are reduced
to $14.95 each. To obtain these, please write, phone, or email (see
contact and ordering at left).
or go to our store of "Collectibles."
Those available in this way are: 1983. 1986-2006, 2008-2012.
For others the only copies remaining are a few in the author's possession.
Astronomical Calendar 2009 (still available) was a special
issue for the International Year of Astronomy.
Astronomical Calendar 2007 is unfortunately rare because
it sold out in the first month of 2007. Some readers have found
it on www.Ebay.com and elsewhere at prices up to $70 or more.
I received a used copy of Astronomical
Calendar 2007 by way of amazon.com for about $100. It speaks
well for you that past issues make this buyer feel fortunate at
this price. Rolf Engel, M.D., Minnesota
I enjoy the Astronomical Calendar
so much that every year I also treat myself around Christmas to
buying one of the earlier issues. I collected 1981, 1983, and 1985-1989
and this year found 1978 and 1984 on the used market. I found a
copy of 1980 but the owner priced it at over $100... Eric
So far the highest we know of is $118 being asked for a copy of
Astronomical Calendar 1978.
For some corrections
to past Astronomical Calendars