Book Review: KLUTZ Guide to the Galaxy

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



  1. Wehaf says:

     I watched the plumes from when Shoemaker-Levy 9 slammed into Jupiter through my Dad’s telescope.

  2. Robin G says:

    In college I took an Astronomy class. Every Tuesday night we had Astronomy Lab, where we would go outside and do an assignment. One night we all saw about 5 or 6 shooting stars in a row. Right after one shooting star another came. It was very cool to see!

  3. Melissamcnicol says:

    We on an uninhabited island up in Maine during a Meteor Shower.  The view was awesome! 

  4. Momtodc says:

    When I was about 15 I saw the most amazing meteor shower. My friend and I stayed out most of the bight watching.

  5. Jammie says:

    Most amazing thing I seen in the sky was when I was younger we would go camping… On 4th of July we ended up being at the lake we all went out on the boats and watched the fireworks the show was one of the best ones I have ever seen. To this day nothing can compare to that day on the lake. 

  6. Amied027 says:

    I recently saw a Rainbow Cloud.  It is also called a Fire Cloud and it is a cloud that has all of the colors of the rainbow.  It was so pretty!

  7. Tracy says:

    I have seen some amazing meteor showers at my mom’s house and before that it was her mothers house (my Grandma’s) when I was a child, it is on a lake and we would lie on her dock in sleeping bags, it was pure childhood bliss,now my kids do it and someday my grandkids will do it when it is my house!

  8. AngEngland says:

    We really enjoyed watching the meteor shower last summer – the kids loved it and were able to see several. 

    ang.england at yahoo dot com

  9. Jennifer says:

    Even though it happens each year, I can’t get enough of that gorgeous harvest moon.

  10. Savannah B says:

    When I was in junior and senior high school, I went on a church youth retreat every October and April. It seemed like the camp we went to was THE place to see shooting stars. It happened every time!

  11. Twinchaser says:

    Venus…it’s all about Venus!  The “Summer Star”!  And standing in the yard on Jami Lee…watching the “shooting stars”….

  12. Anonymous says:

    the most amazing thing i’ve seen in the night sky is a falling star
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