What We See in the Stars: An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky, by Kelsey Oseid

A richly illustrated guide to the myths, histories, and science of the celestial bodies of our solar system, with stories and information about constellations, planets, comets, the northern lights, and more.

Combining art, mythology, and science, What We See in the Stars is a tour of the night sky through more than 100 magical pieces of original art, all accompanied by text that weaves related legends and lore with scientific facts.

This beautifully illustrated book details the night sky’s most brilliant bodies, covering constellations, the moon, and planets, as well as less familiar celestial phenomena like the outer planets, nebulae, and deep space. Even the most educated stargazers and scientists alike will surely learn something new when reading this book!

Overall, the information presented in this book is an excellent introduction to the constellations, planets, and other celestial bodies.

Oseid’s book provides a general overview of the planets, meteors, asteroids and comets, and presents an educational approach to understanding the stars and space. Oseid explains the science behind celestial systems, including gravity, tides, orbits, and more, all in easy-to-understand language and accompanied by informing illustrations.


My favorite part is that the book breaks down the constellations, which are cataloged alphabetically, and provides artistic representations of the constellation, paired with an overlay of the stars to look for in the night sky.

The book is beautifully illustrated and extensively researched. This is a fantastic companion for anyone, of any age, wanting to learn more about the night sky or become more familiarized with identifying the constellations.

What We See in the Stars explains the human connection we have to the cosmos and the scientific discoveries made by people from around the world over several centuries. Beautifully illustrated, its inky pages take you on a journey to swim alongside the stars and celestial bodies throughout our galaxy. Kelsey Oseid makes you aware of your own unique place in spacetime and artfully shows why you should keep looking up.”
—Ariel Waldman, author of What’s It Like in Space?

*I received this book for free from Blogging For Books in exchange for a review.


Kelzuki 2017 15 Portrait White.pngKelsey Oseid is an illustrator, author, and amateur naturalist based in Minneapolis, MN. Her gouache illustrations focus on natural history subjects like taxonomy, biodiversity, and taxidermy, as well as related subjects like astronomy and the ways humans relate to the natural world. Her first book, What We See in the Stars: An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky, was released on September 26 from Ten Speed Press. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Nick, and their two cats, Jamie and Fiona. For more about Kelsey and her work, check out this FAQ. To shop prints, originals, and more, check out the shop, or her etsy. For questions about work, press, or just to say hello, here’s how to get in contact .

One Reply to “What We See in the Stars: An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky, by Kelsey Oseid”

  1. When I started to read this post, I prayed it would be an option on Blogging for Books! I’m so glad it is, because I cannot wait to read it. It sounds like a wonderful and informational read!


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