Universal Guide to the Night Sky

Lisa Harvey-Smith, Sophie Beer

A guide to the stars for children (and their parents) around the world.

Wherever you are in this world, in the Northern or Southern hemisphere, in the city or a remote region, Universal Guide to the Night Sky takes 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 night sky in the same way again.

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


[A] detailed, accessible handbook to the heavens [that] offers budding astronomers, engineers, and mathematicians a roadmap and equipment list for starting their explorations of space and its infinite possibilities… Harvey-Smith's enthusiasm for her subject matter is clear in her presentation of the awe-inspiring features of the cosmos in a casual, conversational style… Accompanying [the] informative text are playful color illustrations… The prose and art together are likely to exert gravitational pull on readers young and old, motivating them to look more closely at the marvels right above them every night.

— Shelf Awareness (starred review)

Expand your knowledge of the universe with this comprehensive guide to the Northern and Southern hemispheres… This book helps readers prepare for their future stargazing efforts… Charming illustrations are found throughout… A good addition to nonfiction collections for a well-rounded and detailed view of the night sky.

— School Library Journal


Lisa Harvey-Smith


Lisa Harvey-Smith is an award-winning astronomer and professor at the University of New South Wales. In 2018, she was appointed as the Australian government's ambassador for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). She is also the author of The Secret Life of Stars: Astrophysics for Everyone.

Sophie Beer

Illustrated By

Sophie Beer is an author and illustrator who revels in color, shape, and texture. Living by one simple rule—art should never be boring—she primarily works in children's and editorial illustrations. Her clients include Google, Disney/Pixar, The Guardian, the Boston Globe, and many more. When she's not illustrating and writing, she thinks a lot about books, animals, and equality.