The Klutz Guide to the Galaxy is about so much more than star gazing; the book includes a surprising amount of resources for learning the basics of how the world works. From directions on how to find North (and hence other directional bearings), to a history of Daylight Savings, or a demonstration on the usefulness of sundials (and the materials to make your own!), The Klutz Guide to the Galaxy has it all. This book even teaches how to measure distance in the night sky with your outstretched hand!
It’s no small thing how much I love the actual construction of this book. The pages are durable and spiral-bound, and the book is organized in easy-to-use, tabbed sections. The book also comes with “6 must-have tools for the backyard astronomer,” which include paper telescopes, materials for a sundial, and a night-sight flashlight. These are by no means meant to replace professional-grade stargazing equipment, but we have found that they are functional and add to the book’s overall experience.
There are also a number of valuable maps and charts in The Klutz Guide to the Galaxy, including star maps for each of the four seasons, a fold-out “tour of the moon,” as well as pictures of each phase of the moon (along with their identifiers – which is wonderful, because I always mix up the waxing and waning!).
I’m just amazed at how much information is packed into this book, and how entertaining it is. We have loved having The Klutz Guide to the Galaxy, and I know it’s a resource we will return to time and again.
*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to facilitate the review. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are honest and my own. And, no kidding, if you have a junior astronomer at home and you happen not to win this giveaway (though I wish you the best of luck!), this is a book that’s absolutely worth buying!
*original post included a giveaway of the book