Summer has come early, and the night skies have been quite clear recently – even over London. A chance to have a closer look at a wonderful book for any aspiring star gazer from the golden era of Ladybird books!
The book was first published in 1965. My copy is an early edition – late sixties up to February 1971 (I know, because the price of 2’6 net on the inside marks this time-span). So while it is admittedly over 60 years old, the information is still basically accurate and should help you spot quite a few different stars, constellations and planets. The text by Mary Brück (an ‘Umlaut’ was probably too much to ask for to print in the 1960s?) is easy to understand and does instil or further interest and wonder in the beautiful spectacles of the night sky.
The illustrations are by Robert Ayton who worked on at least 40 volumes for Ladybird Books. More details on his work and life can be found at BearAlley on blogspot (a worthwhile read!). Here are a few of the best images:
Why not have a look outside tonight?
If you do want to stargaze in earnest, I guess the
BBC’s Sky at Night is as good a place as any to start.
I will ‘just enjoy’ –
I prefer the mystery of it all.