The constellations are arbitrary groupings of stars which form patterns or imaginary pictures in the night sky. There are 88 official constellations which together cover the entire sky, many of these having traditional names and associations with folklore and mythology. What Star? identifies and describes each of the constellations, providing useful information as to its location, form and mythology.
This highly illustrated book takes the reader on an exciting and informative journey of discovery around the sky at night. Aimed at both the beginner and the more accomplished star gazer, the main part of the book comprises an alphabetical section covering the 88 star patterns that adorn our night sky, some familiar and others perhaps less so.
Since ancient times the night sky, with all its sparkling beauty, has been a source of fascination to mankind. Although a number of the constellations that grace modern star charts were devised in relatively recent times, many were created by the astronomers and story-tellers of old, both to honour the characters in their mythology and also to create a framework of reference in the heavens and to bring a sense of order to the confusion of stars that shone down upon them.
The information given for each constellation includes a coloured chart (such as the one shown here) together with an outline of myths and legends attached to each group and information relating to the individual stars that form it, including their brightness, distance and colour. We also take a look at some of the deep sky objects that are found within each constellation, such as double stars, variable stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies, with information to help you track these objects down.
What Star? also includes a useful introductory section together with charts showing the whole sky for each season and an illustrated Glossary explaining the terms used within the main body of the book. Featuring over 100 of the best photographs ever captured of the night sky, this book will prove to be a handy work of reference for the beginner and more experienced observer alike.
What Star? will show that you don’t need an expensive telescope or elaborate equipment to enjoy the night sky and that, armed with little more than a pair of binoculars or a small telescope, you can commence your journey around the night sky.
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