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Astronomical Calendar 2012
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.
(now on sale)
For discounts, shipping charges, and other
ways of ordering see contact and ordering
here to see an offer of reduced price if you order Astronomical
Calendar 2012 and The Astronomical Companion
An introduction explains how to use the various components of the
book and, if you are a beginner, what to select at first (since
there are so many levels of information). For each month there is
a large map of the evening sky; facing it, a diary of 40 or so events,
many with paragraph-long descriptions.
Other features on the monthly pages are diagrams of where the planets
are in their orbits, Constellation Clues, Telescopic
Tour, Observer's Highlights, and sketches of the
most striking sky scenes.
Supplementary sections include Highlights of the Year, The Sun,
The Moon, Special Moons, Young Moon and Old Moon, Eclipses, Occultations,
each of the planets, Asteroids, Comets, Meteor Showers, Spaceflight,Glossary,
Magnitude and Elongation, Rising and Setting, Quick Reference, and
a colored centerfold all-sky map. Some features are contributed
by experts Fred Schaaf, Clifford Cunningham, Alastair McBeath, Alan
Hale, Joe Rao, and Richard Nugent.
The cover painting and story for 2012 are about a flooded island
in the Nile where shadows gave clues that enabled Eratosthenes,
in the third century BC, to discover the size of the Earth.
A special feature this year explores The Heavens by Hours;
or The Universe as an Orange.
2012 could be called the Year of Venus. In April it begins a series
of 8-yearly passages through the Pleiades that will continue for
a century. In May it climbs farther north in the sky than it will
till 2239. And in June its transit across the Sun is a rare
event that happened 8 years ago and, before, that in 1882. Besides
three pages on the transit, we have a special page on the pattern
that lies behind all this, and that was known to ancient peoples
such as the Maya: Venus's 8-year cycle.
Another special page is needed to explain the Maya calendar
and to demolish The Great 2012 Scare. The rumor
that this calendar ends on December 21 is false, and
so are several other pseudo-scientific notions combined with it.
2012 is a special year in several ways, but it will not be the end
And in January, asteroid Eros makes another of its close
passes it's the one that could hit Earth as little as 2 million
years from now.
For some corrections to
the Astronomical Calendar
please click here
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
For the Beginner
Explanation of the Main Features
MONTH BY MONTH
Highlights of the Year
Sun and Seasons
Young Moon, Old Moon
Dark of the Moon
Strip-Chart of the Moon
Eclipses (by Joe Rao)
The Eight-Year Venus Cycle
Transit of Venus 2012
Corkscrew Diagrams of Satellites
Uranus and Neptune
Comets (by Alan Hale)
Meteors (by Alastair McBeath)
Occultations (by Richard Nugent)
Spaceflight (by Clifford Cunningham)
The Heavens by Hours
Rising and Setting
For prints of the cover paintings
of some past Astronomical Calendars, see www.UniversalWorkshop.com/RedLionGallery/pages/covers.htm
Back issues of the Astronomical Calendar (1974 onward)
are reduced to $10 each.
To obtain these, please write, phone, or email (see contact
and ordering at left).
For some issues the only copies remaining are a few in the author's
Astronomical Calendar 2009
(still available) was a special issue for the International Year
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 $100.00. 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 $118.25 being asked for a copy
of Astronomical Calendar 1978.
Part of the strip-diagram of the Moon through the year
Saturn's rings, edge-on in 2009, are opening out
Part of the All the Sky chart
Our planet at 6 hours Universal Time on January 1
midnight on the Mississippi, dawn twilight for Europe