The Cambridge Guide to the Constellations

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 22, 1995 - Nature - 320 pages
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Constellations are not new to astronomy. Even before the era of printing, patterns of stars have been recognized by humans and their histories have been passed on from generation to generation, culture to culture. This book is the ultimate constellation reference book. Finally, a book exists that brings together a variety of information about constellations, including: the size, visibility, and relative brightness of all eighty-eight constellations; former locations of extinct constellations; the number of visible stars in each constellation; and more. Using tables, this information is presented in the first part of the book so that constellations can be readily compared and a general view of them developed. In the second part of the book, each constellation is taken in turn, with a star chart and map illustrating the associated celestial figure, supported by a comprehensive list of essential properties. This highly illustrated volume provides the most complete reference to date covering all aspects of the constellations and will be helpful for astronomers, both amateur and professional, educators and science writers.
 

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Contents

Explanations for lists
5
Alphabetical list of the constellations with meanings
16
Biblical References to the constellations and stars
24
brightest stars
31
250
32
Directional extremes
39
The magnitude system
49
Meteor showers
58
Names of constellations around the world
66
The navigational stars
72
The new constellations created since the time of Ptolemy
82
Possessive forms of constellation names with pronunciations
90
266
103
Solar conjunction dates for the constellations 106
104
270
132
312
174

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