Sky Guide 2022 South Africa

A handy resource for all astronomers, whether they are novices, amateurs or professionals. It covers the planetary movements of the coming year, predicted eclipses, meteor showers – all the events and facets of the night sky that change every year. Star maps plot the evening sky for each season, making it easier to identify stars and constellations. The guide contains a wealth of information on the Sun, Moon, planets, comets, meteors and bright stars, with photos, diagrams, charts and images. Prepared annually by the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa, it is the essential manual for all night sky enthusiasts.

Wild seas

Impossible to go to the coast this year. It’s almost as good as the real thing. Get lost in the pages of Wild seas, by National Geographic photographer Thomas Peschak, who, when not underwater, lives in Cape Town. In the book, he documents the beauty and fragility of underwater life and the majesty of rugged coastlines. From gregarious gray whales in Baja California’s waters to manta rays in the Maldives, frenzied sharks to bear-sized sea turtles… the book shows the gems of the oceans as well as the darker side – pollution , overfishing and climate change. Page after page after page after glorious page of images – from southern Africa and the Galapagos, the Seychelles and the Maldives, and so many more spectacular destinations that he explored with little more than a mask, fins and a camera . A wonderful purchase, which will bring joy long after the summer beach vacation is over. HPH Publishing, R750 in bookstores or at hphpublishing.co.za. Once you’ve read the book, watch Peschak Dive Into an Ocean Photographer’s World TED talk, which has been viewed over a million times.

Marine Mammals: A Guide to Whales, Dolphins and Seals in Southern Africa and the Southern Ocean

Do you like the sea? Discover nearly 50 species of whales, dolphins and seals in the Southern Ocean with this compact and easy-to-use identification guide. Marine Mammals: A Guide to Whales, Dolphins and Seals in Southern Africa and the Southern Ocean is the perfect gift for the ocean lover in your family and is sure to come in handy at sea. Whether you want to spot the demonstrative humpback whale, see the dusky dolphin, or admire the remarkable leopard seal, this book will give you the best times and places to see these and more common species. It also includes key identifying characteristics (with beautiful illustrations), behavior, diet and distribution of mammals, as well as explanations of common behaviors such as breaching, spyhopping, lob-tailing, archery surfing and logging. R150 from struiknatureclub.co.za