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The Natural Navigator: The Rediscovered Art of Letting Nature Be Your Guide
by Tristan Gooley

Before GPS, before the compass, and even before cartography, humankind was navigating. Now this singular guide helps us rediscover what our ancestors long understood—that a windswept tree, the depth of a puddle, or a trill of birdsong can help us find our way, if we know what to look and listen for. Adventurer and navigation expert Tristan Gooley unlocks the directional clues hidden in the sun, moon, stars, clouds, weather patterns, lengthening shadows, changing tides, plant growth, and the habits of wildlife. Rich with navigational anecdotes collected across ages, continents, and cultures, The Natural Navigator will help keep you on course and open your eyes to the wonders, large and small, of the natural world.

The Natural Navigator: A Watchful Explorer's Guide to a Nearly Forgotten Skill
by Tristan Gooley

Before GPS, before the compass, and even before cartography, humankind was navigating. Now this singular guide helps us rediscover what our ancestors long understood—that a windswept tree, the depth of a puddle, or a trill of birdsong can help us find our way, if we know what to look and listen for. Adventurer and navigation expert Tristan Gooley unlocks the directional clues hidden in the sun, moon, stars, clouds, weather patterns, lengthening shadows, changing tides, plant growth, and the habits of wildlife. Rich with navigational anecdotes collected across ages, continents, and cultures, The Natural Navigator will help keep you on course and open your eyes to the wonders, large and small, of the natural world.

Observer's Handbook: 2014
by David M. F. Chapman

The Observer's Handbook is a 358 page guide published annually since 1907 by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Through its long tradition and the expertise of more than 40 contributors, the Observer's Handbook has come to be regarded as the standard North American reference for data on the sky. The material in the Handbook is of interest to professional and amateur astronomers, scientists, teachers at all levels, students, science writers, campers, scout and guide leaders, as well as interested general readers. The Observer's Handbook is an integral part of many astronomy courses at the secondary and university levels, and it should be on the reference shelf of every library.

Sections dealing with astronomical events that occur during the current year. Information includes:

* times of sunrise and sunset
* moonrise and moonset (for latitudes 20 to 60 degrees N)
* Moon phases and other lunar phenomenon
* conjunctions, elongations, etc. of the planets
* eclipses and transits
* location of the planets and bright asteroids
* returns of periodic comets
* times of meteor showers
* predictions of occultations by the Moon and by asteroids
* the orbital positions of the brighter satellites of both Jupiter and Saturn
* predictions of the cycles of many variable stars.

There is a 24-page section called "The Sky Month By Month,"
which gives an extensive listing of events for each month of the year.