A Walk through the Southern Sky: A Guide to Stars and Constellations and their Legends

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 4, 2007 - Science
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What star is that? Where is the Southern Cross? Who was Orion? This book answers these questions and many more. Its unique simplified maps make it easy to find the constellations in the southern hemisphere skies, and the stars within them. Clear instructions guide the user on how to gauge sizes and distances, and move easily between constellations. This new edition has been updated with additional mythology information, and a list of the planet positions up to 2016. The ancient myths and legends of the sky are retold to add to the mystery of the stars. Of value to all ages, this book introduces the patterns of the starry skies in a memorable way. No equipment is needed to use this practical guide: apart from normal sight and clear skies. Magically illustrated, this is an ideal introduction to launch the young astronomer on a journey across the starlit skies.
 

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Contents

Contents
1
Life in the heavens
8
A walk through the southern sky
15
The CentaurusCruxCarinaVela relationship
21
Legends of the constellations
75
Legends of Centaurus
81
Theres more to see
99
The Ecliptic and the Zodiac
105
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Page 109 - Canes Venatici Canis Major Canis Minor Capricornus Carina Cassiopeia Centaurus Cepheus Cetus Chamaeleon Circinus Columba Coma Berenices Corona Australis Corona Borealis Corvus...
Page 109 - Austrinus Puppis Pyxis Reticulum Sagitta Sagittarius Scorpius Sculptor Scutum Serpens Sextans Taurus Telescopium Triangulum Triangulum Australe Tucana Ursa Major Ursa Minor Vela Virgo Volans Vulpécula...
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About the author (2007)

Milton Heifetz is an amateur astronomer, professor of neurosurgery, and inventor of 'The Precession of the Equinoxes' planisphere, now at the Harvard University Museum of Historical Scientific Instruments. It is now used to determine positions of the stars in ancient history and years in the future.

Wil Tirion is a Free Lance Uranographer and Graphic Designer. He is co-author of The Monthly Sky Guide, now in its seventh edition (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

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