A Walk Through the Heavens: A Guide to Stars and Constellations and Their Legends

A Walk Through the Heavens: A Guide to Stars and Constellations and Their Legends


By (author) Milton D. Heifetz, By (author) Wil Tirion

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  • Format: Paperback | 94 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 241mm x 8mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 12 February 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521544157
  • ISBN 13: 9780521544153
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 50 b/w illus.
  • Sales rank: 204,323

Product description

What star is that? Where is the Great Bear? A Walk through the Heavens is a beautiful and easy-to-use guide to the constellations of the northern hemisphere. By following the unique simplified maps, readers will be able to easily find and identify the constellations and the stars within them. Ancient myths and legends of the sky are retold, adding to the mystery of the stars. Written for the complete beginner, this practical guide introduces the patterns of the starry skies in a memorable way. No equipment is needed, apart from normal sight and clear skies.

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'You don't need a telescope to learn where the constellations are - this book tells you exactly how to find them simply by looking at the sky. It's a useful skill to acquire: you can impress your friends when you stumble out of the pub by pointing out what's where in the night sky. The legends are fascinating too. This is a good book for someone who hasn't made their mind up about investing in a telescope.' The Times 'The third edition of this well-known book is most welcome ... Wil Tirion's illustrations are a real delight ... I cannot fault its value and appeal, and would recommend it to any newcomer to the night sky' Popular Astronomy

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Measuring distances in the sky; 2. A walk through the heavens; 3. Legends of the heavens; 4. There's more to see!; Constellations index.