This competition is now closed.
The first two sets of correct answers to the competition questions were received from:
Nicholas Challoner of South Woodford, London.
David Reece-Belsey of Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.
Each of the winners will receive a copy of Philip’s Star Finder.
The questions, together with the answers, are as follows:
1 – In which constellation would you find the stars Izar and Alkalurops?
2 – Which now-obsolete constellation, depicting a bird, was introduced by Alexander Jamieson and shown perching on the tail of Hydra (the Water Snake) in A Celestial Atlas, compiled by Jamieson and published in 1822?
a: Noctua (the Owl)
3 – In which constellation would you find the stars Tania Borealis and Tania Australis?
a: Ursa Major
4 – Which Greek astronomer published a list of 48 constellations in around 150AD?
a: Claudius Ptolemaeus (Ptolemy)
Prizes donated by Philip’s Astronomy, publishers of the above book. Further details of the range of Philip’s astronomy books can be found here