Discover the Stars – a Review of the Popular Astronomy Book for Beginners

Astronomy is one of the most misunderstood sciences among the general public. Discover the Stars is the quintessential popular astronomy book for beginners certain to demystify the sky. It is just the book anyone who has ever looked up at the stars and longed to know more about them. Throughout the window the author makes use of simple, every day language shorn of all jargon and formulaic details.

About the Author

Discover the Stars is the work of Richard Berry, one of America’s leading proponents of popular science. He was also the editor of the popular Astronomy Magazine from the time its founder David J. Eicher died in 1977 to 1992. Mr Berry has published other books in astronomy and philanthropy.


First published in 1987, Discover the Stars was initially available in hard cover and paperback versions only. The present edition is available in five different formats: Kindle eBook, paperback, hard cover, PDF and as an MP3 audio book.

What Makes Discover the Stars Special
Here are three features of Discover the Stars which makes it a special choice for anyone just trying their hand in amateur astronomy:

1. Sky Maps

This book comes with a set of twelve sky maps showing the entire sky as it appears in each month of the year. The map outlines all the major stars and constellations which can be viewed anywhere in the northern hemisphere. The maps section is also enriched with text explaining all the mythology associated with different constellations and star groups. Also provided are easy-to-follow directions for the user to locate any celestial object and the best times to view them.

2. Star Charts

The second reference section of the book includes detailed star charts offering a much clearer look at important regions of the sky than could be provided in the sky maps. In total there are twenty three star charts with detailed information including stars with unusual colors, galaxies, variable stars and nebulae.

3. Simple But Comprehensive Coverage of Popular Astronomy

This book is simple enough for every beginner to get hooked up to the wonders of the skies. It also offers in depth coverage of astronomy that you will still find it useful, especially for reference purposes, once you have learnt to study the sky like a pro. Some of the most crucial chapters teach you how to find your way around planets and the moon complete with their orbital behavior, how to make an astronomer’s flashlight as well as how to choose a telescope and make the best use of it.