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Retired astronomy professor Thomas Wm. Hamilton invites you along as he provides an alphabetical listing of the 88 constellations. Learn the names of the stars, nebulas, and galaxies within each, as well as how to find their location in the sky and their brightness.
Learning the stars is more personal when the stars have names. Professor Hamilton says his students always preferred to learn a star by its name, rather than by its catalog number. "Teegarden's Star is so much nicer sounding than SO 0255790.5."
About the Author: Now age 72, Thomas Wm. Hamilton knew he wanted to be a writer since he was young. "When I was eleven years old and I didn't like the way Mark Twain ended Tom Sawyer Abroad, I decided to write my own ending." Born in San Francisco, the author grew up in New York and New Hampshire. He now lives on Staten Island, New York, and is working on his next astronomy book.
Cover Photograph: Caterpillar Nebula, in the constellation of Carina, photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope, courtesy of the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD 21218