Stargazing: Beginner's Guide to Astronomy

A brilliant introductory guide to exploring the night sky, from the astronomers of the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Offering complete advice from the ground up, Stargazing is the perfect manual for beginners to astronomy – introducing the world of telescopes, planets, stars, dark skies and celestial maps.

Discover how to tackle light pollution, how to stargaze with just your eyes, and what equipment is best for beginners.

Astronomy experts Radmila Topalovic and Tom Kerss explain the best ways to plan your stargazing experience and the key things to look out for on specific dates throughout the year.

With seasonal star charts, constellation charts and facts about our Solar System, Stargazing is packed of useful information and guidance for both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

Bridging the gap between human curiosity and the need for scientific expertise, Stargazing allows a complete novice to understand our place in the cosmos and enjoy the beautiful and extraordinary wonders of the night sky.

The perfect companion to the best-selling Guide to the Night Sky from Collins, Stargazing is a great way to get started in the fascinating world of astronomy.

Learn about the Cosmos

I really enjoyed writing and developing some educational videos about our universe during my time with the super cool science learning team at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. These funny videos are aimed at children, students and the general public and aim to answer some of the biggest questions we. have about the Cosmos. Watch all of the videos here

How to stargaze

Writing articles for the Guardian's Starwatch column was a highlight for me, keeping an eye on the sky is a lifelong activity that helps me connect with nature. Join me and share your experiences and photos of the night sky via the Forum. Plan your stargazing session using the website Time and Date and Stellarium, an app that shows you the sky from your location. Astronomy is for everyone, wherever you are, whoever you are.