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Fraser
2006-Aug-01, 03:55 PM
There's nothing like spending a warm summer's evening sitting in pitch black while letting your eyes soar to the vaults of the heavens. A few twinkling hot shot stars steal the show, then more subtle but equally charming fine points of light gradually fill in the blank spots. Eventually, with eyes fully adapted to the dark, the heavens are ablaze with a panorama of elegance and variety. Accumulating years of people's effort brings sense and order to this menagerie. Ian Ridpath with his book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0756617332/universetoday/103-9790454-5276644?%5Fencoding=UTF8&camp=1789&link%5Fcode=xm2"><em>Astronomy</em></a> makes a wonderful little guide for observers looking for a little sense, and it may turn a summer fling with the stars into a longer affair.

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