The Universal Guide to the Night Sky

Lisa Harvey-Smith, Sophie Beer (illus.)

The Universal Guide to the Night Sky
Thames and Hudson (Australia) Pty Ltd
29 August 2023

The Universal Guide to the Night Sky

Lisa Harvey-Smith, Sophie Beer (illus.)

"Lisa takes us right from the beginning of our stargazing adventure, from setting ourselves up to view the sky, to a tour of the galaxy, to discovering and learning about planets and celestial objects. ... This is a terrific book. Compact in nature, but really brimming with information to fill young minds and encourage them to investigate the world above us." -- Jane Stephens, GoodReading

Wherever you are in this world - whether that be in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere, in the city or a remote region - this book guides you through the remarkable features of planet Earth's starry sky.

Receive a personal tour through the wonders of the universe from astrophysicist Lisa Harvey-Smith. Explore comets and meteors, stars, planets and moons. Find galaxies and glowing gas clouds. Spot supernovae and enjoy eclipses. Learn everything you need to know about binoculars, telescopes and photographing the stars. You will never look up at the stars in the same way again.

Featuring intergalactic illustrations by Sophie Beer, this global guide to the sky is your ticket out of this world.


Enthralled by the night sky as a child, award-winning astrophysicist Lisa Harvey-Smith has an infectious passion for the universe, a love she’s expert in sharing.

Appropriate for both Northern and Southern hemispheres, this friendly, practical guide to exploring the wonders of our universe combines accessible language, appealing layout, colourful illustrations and fun facts that engage and intrigue. For example, there’s a side of the moon you’ve never seen with your own eyes, our First Nations people map not the stars but the spaces between them, and our Earth wobbles like a top!

With its numerous resources (websites, apps, and tips), this is the perfect guide to using our eyes, binoculars, telescopes, cameras – and minds – to discover our universe. Whether you’re interested in moons, planets, stars, galaxies, or worlds beyond, this fun and informative book is for you. Highly recommended for ages 8+.

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