Thursday, December 30, 2004

The year ahead

This is the week each year I traditionally peruse Guy Ottewell's Astronomical Calendar for the coming year, to prepare myself for the many pleasures the sky will offer. This is the book I recommend to friends and strangers more often than any other.

Guy has a gift for the graphic presentation of astronomical events -- comets, eclipses, occultations, conjunctions, meteor showers, you name it. Skywatching without Guy is like going to a play without a program. His annual inside-the-cover essay alone is worth the price of the book (a large format 80-page compendium).

And while you are ordering your copy, check out Guy's homepage for his many other publications. He is quite simply one of the cleverest guys around.