The Cambridge Guide to the Constellations
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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Explanations for lists
Alphabetical list of the constellations with meanings
Biblical References to the constellations and stars
The magnitude system
Names of constellations around the world
The navigational stars
The new constellations created since the time of Ptolemy
Possessive forms of constellation names with pronunciations
Solar conjunction dates for the constellations 106
Andromeda Antlia Apus Aquarius Aquila Aries Auriga Bootes Bordering constellations Caelum Camelopardalis Cancer Canes Venatici Canis Major Canis Minor Capricornus Carina Cassiopeia Centaurus Cepheus Cetus Chamaeleon Circinus Columba Coma Berenices composition and location constellation Corona Australis Corona Borealis Corvus Cygnus Delphinus Deneb Dorado Draco Equuleus Eridanus Figure represented Fornax Galactic cluster Gemini Globular cluster Grus Hercules Horologium Hydra Hydrus Lacerta Leo Minor Lepus Libra Lupus Luyten Lynx Lyra Mensa Messier objects Meteor showers Microscopium Midnight culmination date Monoceros Musca Nebula number of stars Octans Ophiuchus Original composition Orion Overall brightness Pavo Pegasus Perseus Pictor Pisces Piscis Austrinus Puppis Pyxis Reticulum Ross Sagitta Sagittarius Scorpius Sculptor Scutum Serpens Sextans Solar conjunction date Spiral galaxy square degrees Taurus Telescopium Triangulum Australe Tucana Ursa Major Ursa Minor Vela Virgo visible from latitudes Visible stars Volans Vulpecula Wolf