Guidebook to the Constellations: Telescopic Sights, Tales, and Myths 2012th Edition

Ebook Details

Authors

Phil Simpson

Year 2011
Pages 863
Publisher Springer
Language en
ISBN 9781441969408
File Size 37.2 MB
File Format PDF
Download Counter 125
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Ebook Description

This handbook is a guide to exploring the classical night sky and its wonderful telescopic sights. All 88 officially recognized constellations are presented in natural groups which are related by their origin and location in the sky. Each group is explained by a fascinating story which tells what each constellation represents, how it appears in the sky, and why the other constellations of the group are close by, or related in some other manner. Some of these stories are classical myths which show how and why ancient cultures saw the constellations as related groups. Others are about more modern astronomers who sought recognition by filling in the gaps between the ancient constellations with inventions of their own. Both types of stories are crafted to make the constellation groups memorable, so that amateur astronomers can not only locate and recognize the constellations more easily, but also be able to pinpoint the celestial objects they contain more quickly.