The Book of Constellations: Discover the Secrets in the Stars

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This fascinating narrative recounts the history of astronomy and, with more than 100 full-color illustrations, it shows readers how to find the planets and constellations in the night sky. In ancient times, people thought that the Sun, Moon, and stars were gods. They recorded their movements and imagined that the stars made pictures in the sky. The Greeks and the Romans related these "pictures" of animals and men?or constellations?to their legends. They also identified planets and named them for their gods?Venus,...

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This fascinating narrative recounts the history of astronomy and, with more than 100 full-color illustrations, it shows readers how to find the planets and constellations in the night sky. In ancient times, people thought that the Sun, Moon, and stars were gods. They recorded their movements and imagined that the stars made pictures in the sky. The Greeks and the Romans related these "pictures" of animals and men—or constellations—to their legends. They also identified planets and named them for their gods—Venus, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter. Their observations marked the first step in the development of astronomy, which today is a sophisticated science. Modern astronomers have followed the tradition of naming heavenly bodies after ancient gods. For instance, the solar system's outer planets weren't identified until after the telescope's invention, but with their discoveries they were named after Uranus, a Greek god of the sky . . . Neptune, the Roman god of the sea . . . and Pluto, the Roman god of the underworld. The author recounts the legends connected with many constellations, including Aquarius, Aries, Cancer, Orion, and others. This beautifully illustrated book helps readers navigate their way around the night sky as they learn the significance of heavenly bodies' names. Color photos and illustrations throughout.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780764154409
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Kerrod is an English freelance writer and editor. He is also author of both astronomy books contained in The Sky at Night, an introductory kit for amateur astronomers, published in North America by Barron's.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
The Universe 8
Ptolemy's Universe 10
De Revolutionibus 12
Patterns in the Sky 14
The Celestial Sphere 16
Northern and Southern Constellations 18
What You Can See 20
Constellations of the Zodiac 22
Around the Constellations 24
Andromeda 26
Aquarius 28
Aries 30
Auriga 32
Bootes 34
Cancer 36
Canis Major 38
Capricornus 40
Carina 42
Cassiopeia 44
Centaurus 46
Cetus 48
Crux 50
Cygnus 52
Dorado 54
Draco 56
Eridanus 58
Gemini 60
Hercules 62
Hydra 64
Leo 66
Libra 68
Lyra 70
Orion 72
Pegasus 74
Perseus 76
Pisces 78
Sagittarius 80
Scorpius 82
Taurus 84
Ursa Major 86
Ursa Minor 88
Virgo 90
The Wandering Stars 92
The Sun 94
The Moon 96
Mercury 98
Venus 100
Earth 104
Mars 106
Jupiter 110
Saturn 114
Uranus 118
Neptune 120
Pluto 122
Glossary 124
Index 126
Credits 128
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2008

    The book of constellations

    The book starts off telling magnificent facts about constellations, and how their established, however the most interesting to me was Learning about who even thought of them, if your wondering it was the Greeks and back in ancient times. Their were also a lot of astronomers that had to think of how the universe worked and traveled before any stars could be discovered so it starts with Ptolemy believed the earth was the center of the universe and he also thought that the sun, moon, and planets all circled around the earth. However he was wrong and Copernicus had proved it by saying the sun was the center of the universe and earth was just another planet circling the sun. What constellations will you see when you go stargazing? Well that depends on where your located this is because of the earths tilt, this means that other people will not be able to see the same constellation you are seeing. This also depends on the time of night because stars are moving with the earth, therefore stars rise in the east and die down in the west, If you were to go outside and look at the stars in the same area you will notice a change in stars and certain constellations you see because the different parts of the ¿celestial spheres¿. The book also mentions Some constellations told by seasons, for example in the northern Orion is a winter constellation while Pegasus warns that fall is on the way, in the southern hemisphere its switched so Orion will feature summer while Pegasus says spring will be coming. In Chapter 3 it mentions some constellations are from Greek mythology and are identified by alpha, beta, gamma, and delta. This book is very interesting and is filled with facts that are really interesting and isn¿t as quite hard I thought it would be too read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2002

    A SUPER STAR GUIDE

    School text books should be this appealing. But then teachers don't have the luxury of devoting more than three-fourths of a subject's study on close-up looks at each constellation and planet, and the myths associated with them. Yet that's what most interests young astronomers and astrologers alike who will be equally enthralled by the science and mysticism presented here.

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