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"Fred Schaaf is a poet of the stars. He brings the sky into people's lives in a way that is compelling and his ...
"Fred Schaaf is a poet of the stars. He brings the sky into people's lives in a way that is compelling and his descriptions have all the impact of witnessing the stars on a crystal-clear dark night."
—William Sheehan, coauthor of Mars: The Lure of the Red Planet and The Transits of Venus
In this book, you’ll meet the twenty-one brightest stars visible from Earth. You’ll learn how to find these stars and discover the best ways to see them. Each star is profiled in a separate chapter, with detailed guidance on what to look for while observing it. Suitable for beginners as well as experienced amateur astronomers, the book shares fascinating information about the lore and legends connected with each star through history, as well as what the science of astronomy has to teach us about the star’s physical nature.
Part One: Stars in the Sky.
1. How Bright I s Bright?
2. Meet the 1st-Magnitude Stars.
3. The Locations, Yearly Motions, and Names of the Stars.
4. Seeing Stars Better (Skies, Eyes, and Telescopes).
Part Two: Stars in the Universe.
5. Parts, Structures, Distances, and Motions in the Universe.
6. The Varieties of the Stars.
7. The Lives and Deaths of the Stars.
Part Three: Profiles of the Brightest Stars.
10. Alpha Centauri.
18. Beta Centauri.
19. Beta Crucis.
26. Beta Crucis.
Appendix A. The Brightest Stars: Position, Spectral Type, Apparent and Absolute Magnitude, and Distance.
Appendix B. The Brightest Stars: Spectral type, Color Index, Color, and Surface temperature.
Appendix C. Midnight and 9:00 P.M. Culminations, Season of Prime Evening Visibility.
Appendix D. Diameters and Masses of the Brightest Stars.
Appendix E. Motions of the Brightest Stars.
Appendix F. The 200 Brightest Stars.