The Sky Handbook


"Should find its place on the bookshelf of astronomers wishing to have a wider view of our place in the grand scheme of things" —Federation of Astronomy Societies.

"This hefty little book is a delightful, beautifully crafted and immensely informative tool for everything you could possibly want to know about the sky. " –New Leaf News

The Sky Handbook
by John Watson and Michael Kerrigan
180 x 150mm, 400 pages, paperback

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The sky has fascinated mankind from our earliest days – find out the story behind our greatest frontier in The Sky Handbook. Click below to see some pages inside the book:

  • Which ancient Greek realised that the Sun is the centre of our solar system, 1800 years before Copernicus?
  • What causes our weather, from enchanting rainbows to deadly hurricanes?
  • From Da Vinci’s helicopter sketches to the Concorde and fighter jets: what is the science behind human flight?
  • Is anybody really out there?

See our video of the authors discussing the book here:


To celebrate the International Year of Astronomy: The Sky Handbook, the perfect introduction not just to astronomy and the stars, but to all aspects of the sky above us. 978-1-887354-63-9

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Our solar system and the 88 constellations that populate our night sky feature prominently in this wide-ranging book, but that is only the beginning. The Sky Handbook also explains the causes of our weather and the makeup of our atmosphere, the Big Bang and the history of the universe, and the story of human flight and space exploration. The book also offers a distinctly human perspective, since from our earliest civilisations people have looked up at the sky in wonder. The cosmologies of early peoples; the great astronomers of Ancient Greece, Baghdad, and the Renaissance; how human activity threatens our skies – these topics contribute to a better understanding of our place in the universe.

John Watson is an author and keen stargazer. He is founder of Stone Country Press, an independent publisher dedicated to books and guides on landscape and the outdoors. Michael Kerrigan is a freelance author and critic who has written books on history, geography, exploration and the natural world.

  • Meet John Watson at Blackwell, Edinburgh South Bridge at 6.30pm on October 8th, 2009 - just when the nights are drawing in and the stargazing can really begin!

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