Meteor Showers

There are three meteor showers you can watch in New Zealand this year; head to Royal Astronomy website for more details. And have a browse below at the books starring astronomy.

Dark skies : a practical guide to astrotourism / Stimac, Valerie
“Discover the best stargazing destinations around the world with Lonely Planet. This comprehensive companion includes guides to 35 dark-sky sites and national parks, where to see the aurora, the next decade of total solar eclipses and how to view rocket launches, plus the lowdown on commercial space flight”–Page 4 of cover.” (Catalogue)


Night sky with the naked eye : how to find planets, constellations, satellites and other night sky wonders without a telescope / King, Bob
“No telescope? no problem! Learn how to spot the International Space Station, follow the moon through its phases, find planets, and watch meteor showers. The author also introduces readers to the best apps and websites to help skywatchers enjoy the wonders of the night sky without the need for a telescope or other expensive equipment.” (Catalogue)


The path of minor planets / Greer, Andrew Sean
“In 1965, on a small island in the South Pacific, a group of astronomers gather to witness the passing of a comet, but when a young boy dies during a meteor shower, the lives of the scientists and their loved ones change in subtle yet profound ways. Denise struggles for respect in her professional life, married Eli becomes increasingly attracted to Denise and her quixotic mind, and young Lydia attempts to escape the scientists’ long-casting shadows. Andrew Sean Greer’s remarkable and sweeping first novel, The Path of Minor Planets, is an exploration of chances taken and lost, of love found and broken, and of time’s subtle gravitational pull on the lives of everyday and extraordinary people.” (Catalogue)

“The world’s best-selling astronomy magazine offers you the most exciting, visually stunning, and timely coverage of the heavens above. Each monthly issue includes expert science reporting, vivid color photography, complete sky coverage, spot-on observing tips, informative telescope reviews, and much more! All this in a user-friendly style that’s perfect for astronomers at any level.” (Catalogue)

The practical astronomer / Gater, Will
“An accessible and inspirational astronomy guide that gives you all the knowledge you need to expand your understanding of the night sky.This guide explains and demystifies stargazing, teaching you to recognise different objects such as moons, comets, and asteroids, and explains how they move through the sky over the course of the night and the year. The Practical Astronomer begins with observation with the naked eye, and illustrated introductions show you how to set up and use binoculars and telescopes, and how to take your own pictures.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

30-second astronomy : the 50 most mindblowing discoveries in astronomy, each explained in half a minute
“A beautifully illustrated, full-colour guide with all of the big questions of the world above our heads explained in half a minute.” (Catalogue)



Meteorites : a journey through space and time / Bevan, Alex
“Meteorites is a lavishly illustrated full-colour reference work by two acknowledged world authorities on the subject. Written in an accessible style, the book explains what meteorites tell us about the early history of our solar system” (Catalogue)