Pattern Asterisms: A New Way to Chart the Stars

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Orion is a familiar constellation. He even looks like a hunter – at least it’s easy to visualize his belt and sword.

Since the very beginning of astronomy, people have looked up at the night sky and constructed patterns out of the almost random scattering of stars. The fact that the constellations are still used today reflects their usefulness in identifying bright stars in the rotating dome of the sky.

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Overview

Orion is a familiar constellation. He even looks like a hunter – at least it’s easy to visualize his belt and sword.

Since the very beginning of astronomy, people have looked up at the night sky and constructed patterns out of the almost random scattering of stars. The fact that the constellations are still used today reflects their usefulness in identifying bright stars in the rotating dome of the sky.

But why stop there?

What applies to big groups of stars can also be applied to smaller ones – so here is a set of memorable mini-constellations to help astronomers identify and remember stars in typical binocular or low-magnification telescopic fields. Size, stellar magnitudes, and coordinates are provided, along with north direction, star-hopping instructions and Sky Atlas 2000 references.

Not only is this book a new and effective aid to navigating the night sky, it’s also the basis of a great group activity for star parties – guessing and visualizing entirely new star patterns!

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"At the age of 14,"the author writes, "I became aware of the sky above me. The next day I announced, as a student in my seventh grade science class, that I had found constellation coffee pot. A brief burst of laughter ensued. I was politely told to take my seat." Nevertheless, "I still see the Orion asterism as a coffee pot."

This book is the result of Chiravalle's liftetime search for eye-catching asterisms, most of them visible in binoculars or a telescope. —Alan M. MacRobert, Sky & Telescope, November 2006, p. 80)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846283277
  • Publisher: Springer London
  • Publication date: 3/20/2006
  • Series: Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
  • Edition description: 2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Stellar Patterns for Binoculars & Wide Field Telescopes ( intro. )

Lists

3. List of Constellations & Asterisms ( stellar patterns )

4. List of Pattern Asterisms by Right Ascension

5. List of Asterisms ( stellar patterns ) at Zenith by Month

Catalog

6. Maps and Details by Constellation ( 29 constellations in all )

7. Catalog acknowledgments

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