Every night, a pageant of Greek mythology circles overhead. Perseus flies to the rescue of Andromeda, Orion faces the charge of the snorting Bull, and the ship of the Argonauts sails in search of the Golden Fleece. Constellations are the invention of the human imagination, not of nature. They are an expression of the human desire to impress its own order upon the apparent chaos of the night sky. Modern science tells us that these twinkling points of light are glowing balls of gas, but the ancient Greeks, to whom we owe many of our constellations, knew nothing of this. Ian Ridpath, well-known astronomy writer and broadcaster, has been intrigued by the myths of the stars for many years. Star Tales is the first modern guide to combine all the fascinating myths in one book, illustrated with the beautiful and evocative engravings from two of the leading star atlases: Johann Bode's Uranographia of 1801 and John Flamsteed's Atlas Ceolestis of 1729. This is an excellent reference and the perfect gift for the armchair astronomer and those interested in classical mythology alike.
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Almagest Alpha Andromeda Apollo Aquila Arabic meaning Aratus Argo Navis Argonauts Artemis Asclepius astronomer Nicolas Louis Athene Atlas Coelestis Babylonians bear Beta Bootes called Callisto Canis Major Cassiopeia Castor and Polydeuces catalogue celestial pole centaur century Cepheus chariot Chiron cluster Coelestis of John commemorated constellation representing constellation's brightest star constellations introduced Crete Cronus daughter depicted Dutch navigators Pieter eagle Eratosthenes fourth magnitude Frederick de Houtman French astronomer Nicolas Germanicus Caesar globe goddess gods golden head Hera Heracles Hermes Hydra Hyginus invented Jason Johann Bode Johannes Hevelius John Flamsteed Keyser and Frederick killed King known Latin Louis de Lacaille lyre Manilius monster myth mythology navigators Pieter Dirkszoon Ophiuchus Orion Orpheus Ovid Pegasus Perseus Petrus Plancius Phaenomena Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser Pleiades Poseidon Ptolemy Roman Sagittarius scorpion Scorpius separate constellation shown snake southern skies star maps star names story tail Taurus Triangulum Uranographia of Johann Ursa Major Zeus