In 1991, stargazer Steve Cariddi walked into a Boston bookstore and noticed most desk calendars were about cats, or puppies, or sailboats. There was not a single astronomy calendar in sight. So he decided to create his own, and in late 1993 he published his first “astronomy and space” desk calendar. He’s been publishing these calendars every year since. And now he’s released the large-format ‘Year in Space’ wall calendar for 2016.
Published in cooperation with the Planetary Society, and with an introduction by Bill Nye, this large, colorful calendar is packed with facts and images related to space flight, stargazing, and planetary exploration. It includes a basic summary of major events in the night sky throughout the year, important holidays and dates related to space history, and mini-bios of famous astronomers and astronauts.
Steve sent an early version of his 1994 desk calendar to the great Carl Sagan, who shared it with the Planetary Society and helped set up a collaboration which exists to this day.
The 2016 ‘The Year in Space’ calendar sells for $17.95, but you can save $4.00 (or more) off the regular price at the Year in Space website.
Cosmic Pursuits receives no money from your purchase or for this recommendation. But this is a beautiful and informative calendar, an excellent value, and most of all, I think you’ll enjoy it. It makes a fine holiday gift, and it will look good hanging from your own wall too.
Here is the link to the main web page for the 2016 ‘The Year in Space’ wall calendar:
There is also a superb and compact 136-page ‘Year in Space’ desk calendar, also with a discount, at this link: