Stories in the Stars

An Atlas of Constellations

Author: Susanna Hislop

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698197909

Category: Science

Page: 224

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A beautifully illustrated Penguin Hardcover that invites readers to travel the night sky and discover the universe of stories in the stars To those who can decipher it, the night sky is alive with gods and goddesses, animals and mythical creatures—an endless carnival played out in shining constellations. Amidst this jet-black canvas pricked with white dots, a hunter leaps in pursuit with his dogs at his heels, a sea monster threatens a maiden in distress, and a pair of twins lives forever. In Stories in the Stars, writer and stargazer Susanna Hislop and international artist Hannah Waldron present an imaginative journey through the heavens. Leaping between centuries, cultures, and traditions, they explore each of the night sky’s eighty-eight constellations through gorgeous illustrations and vivid descriptions that will linger in readers’ minds long after they’ve closed the book and stepped outside on a starry night.

Stories in the Stars

An Atlas of Constellations

Author: Susanna Hislop

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473505879

Category: Science

Page: 224

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***AS READ ON BBC RADIO 4*** Travel the night sky and discover the stories in the stars. ‘What a beautiful book it is! A treasured possession.’ Mary Beard 'No astronomy book can claim to be as beautiful as the night sky, but Stories in the Stars comes closest!' Tristan Gooley Look up: above us is a jet-black canvas pricked with white dots, and a carnival of animals, mythical creatures, gods and goddesses in its shining constellations. Here, Susanna Hislop – writer and stargazer – and Hannah Waldron – international artist – leap between centuries, cultures and traditions to present a whole universe of stories in all their blazing glory. Stories in the Stars is an imaginative and whimsical exploration of each of the night sky’s 88 constellations: a playful and stunningly illustrated compendium.

Guidebook to the Constellations

Telescopic Sights, Tales, and Myths

Author: Phil Simpson

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1441969411

Category: Science

Page: 863

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This handbook is a guide to exploring the classical night sky and its wonderful telescopic sights. All 88 officially recognized constellations are presented in natural groups which are related by their origin and location in the sky. Each group is explained by a fascinating story which tells what each constellation represents, how it appears in the sky, and why the other constellations of the group are close by, or related in some other manner. Some of these stories are classical myths which show how and why ancient cultures saw the constellations as related groups. Others are about more modern astronomers who sought recognition by filling in the gaps between the ancient constellations with inventions of their own. Both types of stories are crafted to make the constellation groups memorable, so that amateur astronomers can not only locate and recognize the constellations more easily, but also be able to pinpoint the celestial objects they contain more quickly. Specific instructions are given for finding each constellation, how to spell and pronounce the constellation and star names, plus the origins of the star names. Finder charts show each constellation group and a large area of sky around the group. These charts also indicate pointer stars which aid in finding the constellations. More detailed charts show how each constellation figure is visualized through simple line drawings. For each constellation, there is a table of about 10 to 30 telescopic objects selected to include a wide range of difficulty. Some can be glimpsed with the unaided eye, others require a 12 or 14 inch telescope. All the most prominent telescopic objects are included, plus a varied selection of interesting, but much more difficult objects. The tables include each object’s celestial coordinates, type, size, brightness, other information specific to each type of object, and a recommendation of the appropriate telescope size needed for good viewing. There are also photographs of constellations and telescopic objects, detailed locator charts for the hard-to-find objects, and plots of binary star orbital motions. The same charts used to show the constellation figures are repeated, with the addition of symbols indicating the locations of all the selected telescopic objects. An index and seven appendices help the user find specific objects or classes of objects.

Star Myths of the Greeks and Romans

A Sourcebook

Author: N.A

Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser

ISBN: 9781609256784

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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The nightly appearance of the stars, their arrangement in the sky, their regular risings and settings through the course of the year, have been a source of endless wonder and speculation. But where did the constellations come from and what are the myths associated with them? Star Myths of the Greeks and Romans is the most comprehensive work ever published on the forty-eight classical constellations. Included in this handbook are the only surviving works on the constellation myths that have come down to us from antiquity: an epitome of The Constellations of Eratosthenes --never before translated into English -- and The Poetic Astronomy of Hyginus. Also provided are accurate and detailed commentaries on each constellation myth, and complete references for those who wish to dig deeper. This book is a comprehensive sourcework for anyone interested in astronomy or mythology -- and an ideal resource for the occasional stargazer.

Stories from the Stars

Greek Myths of the Zodiac

Author: N.A

Publisher: Abbeville Promotional

ISBN: 9780896601055

Category: Fiction

Page: 80

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This fascinating collection presents twelve stories of the zodiac, featuring a variety of Greek gods and goddesses, as well as heroes and heroines who battle ferocious monsters. Children will enjoy the exciting stories of Jason and the Argonauts, Demeter and Persephone, and Theseus and the hideous Minotaur. Other stories feature Zeus, Hermes, and Aphrodite, making this a wonderful Introduction to Greek mythology. The book also provides an easy-to-understand explanation of how stars move throughout the sky, along with descriptions of the personality traits modern horoscopes attribute to each sign.

A Walk through the Heavens

A Guide to Stars and Constellations and their Legends

Author: Milton D. Heifetz,Wil Tirion

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108184162

Category: Science

Page: N.A

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What is that star called? Where is the Great Bear? A Walk through the Heavens is a beautiful guide to the pathways in the night sky, and which answers these questions and more. Written for complete beginners, this book introduces the reader to the patterns of the northern hemisphere's sky in a clear and memorable way. Its simplified maps and clear instructions make it easy to find the main constellations and identify the bright stars within them. This fourth edition adds color and a map of the Moon to its successful formula. Ancient myths and legends of the sky, some thousands of years old, are retold to add to the wonder and mystery of the stars. No equipment is needed to use this practical guide, just the naked eye and clear dark skies above - simply look up, relax and enjoy this journey across the sky.

Seeing Stars

Shining Star Light

Author: Charles Hobson

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 9780811832052

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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Be a storyteller and navigator of the stars with this interactive introduction to the night sky. Ten star punched cards let kids shine a flashlight through them to project constellations on the wall. Illustrations.

The Book of Constellations

Discover the Secrets in the Stars

Author: Robin Kerrod

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781875169948

Category: Constellations

Page: 128

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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.

Ancient Skies: Constellation Mythology of the Greeks

Author: David Weston Marshall

Publisher: The Countryman Press

ISBN: 1682682129

Category: History

Page: 272

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Look to the sky and see the stories in the stars The stars and constellations are among the few remaining objects that appear to us just as they appeared to our distant ancestors. From anywhere on Earth, a person may view the celestial panorama simply by stepping outside at night and gazing upward. This non- fiction narrative presents the tales of the forty- eight classical constellations, compiled from literature spanning a thousand years from Homer (c. 800 BC) to Claudius Ptolemy (c. 150 AD). These age- old tales have captured the human imagination from ancient times to the present, and through them we can examine the early practical astronomy, philosophical speculation on the cosmos, and fundamental moral beliefs of much of Western civilization. Illustrations and star charts carefully reconstructed from ancient sources lend a visual element and immerse the reader in the world of ancient cosmology and constellation mapping. Through Marshall’s research and storytelling, Ancient Skies brings the belief systems of the classical world to shining life.

The Mythology of the Night Sky

An Amateur Astronomer's Guide to the Ancient Greek and Roman Legends

Author: David E. Falkner

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781461401377

Category: Science

Page: 238

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The Mythology of the Night Sky is intended primarily for amateur astronomers who would like to know the mythology behind the names of constellations and planets. It deals with the 48 constellations identified by the ancient Greek astronomer Ptolemy, as well as all the planets of our solar system and their moons, which are named after Roman gods. To assist practical observers the book gives the location and description of each constellation, including named stars and deep-sky objects. Readers are encouraged to observe and image the constellations for themselves, and there is a lot of practical information in this book to help them along the way. In addition to providing a detailed (and mostly Greek) mythology of the constellations and the vast soap opera that was part of the Ancient Greek pantheon, this book also addresses the planets of the Solar System, which are named after the Roman - not Greek - gods.

The Constellation Observing Atlas

Author: Grant Privett,Kevin Jones

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461476488

Category: Science

Page: 221

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Designed for anyone who wishes to learn the constellations or observe the best and brightest deep sky objects and double stars, this book contains an alphabetical list of constellations complete with star maps, historical background, and highlights of deep sky objects. Each entry contains position and physical information on enough stars to support astronomers in star-hopping, swinging the telescope from star to star to star to arrive at a faint target. It provides a carefully selected list of accessible and rewarding deep sky objects. Full-color maps show the constellations, with star types (spectral and physical) indicated by the colors used on the map. Extended objects such as galaxies and nebulae are shown with the approximate apparent size in the sky. With unmatched thoroughness and accessibility, this is a constellation atlas that makes the ideal companion to a night's telescope viewing, for novices and expert amateur astronomers alike. Easy to navigate and refer to, it is the key that unlocks the door to greater night sky exploration.

Star Tales

Author: Ian Ridpath

Publisher: James Clarke & Co.

ISBN: 9780718826956

Category: Fiction

Page: 161

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Every night, a pageant of Greek mythology circles overhead. Perseus flies to the rescue of Andromeda, Orion faces the charge of the snorting Bull, and the ship of the Argonauts sails in search of the Golden Fleece. Constellations are the invention of the human imagination, not of nature. They are an expression of the human desire to impress its own order upon the apparent chaos of the night sky. Modern science tells us that these twinkling points of light are glowing balls of gas, but the ancient Greeks, to whom we owe many of our constellations, knew nothing of this. Ian Ridpath, well-known astronomy writer and broadcaster, has been intrigued by the myths of the stars for many years. Star Tales is the first modern guide to combine all the fascinating myths in one book, illustrated with the beautiful and evocative engravings from two of the leading star atlases: Johann Bode's Uranographia of 1801 and John Flamsteed's Atlas Ceolestis of 1729. This is an excellent reference and the perfect gift for the armchair astronomer and those interested in classical mythology alike.


The Stars and Stories

Author: Chris Sasaki,Joe Boddy

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 9781402708008

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

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Explains what constellations are and how to look for them, and describes the appearance and origins of eighty-eight constellations from the northern and southern hemispheres, including the stories people of different cultures tell.

The Great Atlas of the Stars

Author: Serge Brunier,Akira Fujii

Publisher: Firefly Books Limited

ISBN: 9781552096437

Category: Reference

Page: 111

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Provides background information on stars, constellations, and other celestial phenomena, and depicts the major constellations, with overlays pointing out the most noteworthy stars.

Star Lore

Myths, Legends, and Facts

Author: William Tyler Olcott

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486140806

Category: Science

Page: 544

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Captivating retellings of the origins and histories of ancient star groups include Pegasus, Ursa Major, Pleiades, signs of the zodiac, and other constellations. "Classic." — Sky & Telescope. 58 illustrations.

Constellation Myths

With Aratus's Phaenomena

Author: Eratosthenes,Hyginus,Aratus

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198716982

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 256

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"First published as an Oxford world's classics paperback, 2015."--Verso of title page.

Star Lore of All Ages

A Collection of Myths, Legends, and Facts Concerning the Constellations of the Northern Hemisphere

Author: William Tyler Olcott

Publisher: N.A


Category: Constellations

Page: 453

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Stories of the Constellations

Myths and Legends of the Night Skies

Author: Kieron Connolly

Publisher: Amber Books Ltd

ISBN: 1782741976

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 96

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How did the Great Bear get its name? Where can I find Orion in the sky? And why is the constellation of Cassiopeia hanging upside down? Stories of the Constellations collects 40 classic myths and legends of the night sky. Aries may be a ram, but why can it be found among the stars? How can you find the Big Dipper? What are the stories behind Cancer the Crab, Sagittarius the Centaur and Hydra the serpent? Explained in this book are the stories behind the 12 star signs (such as the Gemini twins, the Taurus bull), along with more than 25 other characters from mythology who also have a place in the heavens, such as Perseus carrying Medusa’s head of snakes, three-headed dog Cerberus and hero Hercules fighting the dragon Draco. Stories of the Constellations is illustrated throughout with outstanding new artworks for each character, showing how the constellation fits the character. There are also colour illustrations of one of the stories about each character and locator maps that allow the reader to find the constellations in the night sky. As well as explanations of how to read the sky at night, the story behind each featured character is explained and there are easy-to-read ‘Did you know?’ factboxes. Packed with educational and fun information on both classical mythology and astronomy, Stories of the Constellations is a colourful and exciting read.

Legends of the Stars

Author: Patrick Moore

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 0752496638

Category: Science

Page: 192

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Have you ever wondered how the constellations got their names? Or wanted to know the stories of the gods and heroes immortalized in the night sky? In Legends of the Stars, Patrick Moore, Britain’s best-loved astronomer and presenter of The Sky at Night for more than 50 years, re-tells some of the stories behind these star-groups, and explains how to look for them in the heavens. From the great hunter Orion to his nemesis the Scorpion, and from Pegasus the flying horse to Jason’s ship the Argo, he guides the reader through the celestial picture book, bringing alive some of greatest tales ever told. In an age when the ancient myths are seldom taught in schools, this is an ideal book for anyone who has ever gazed at the stars and asked themselves how the names of the constellations came about.

The Southern Night Sky

A Glow-in-the-Dark Guide to Prominent Stars and Constellations South of the Equator

Author: James Kavanagh,Waterford Press

Publisher: Waterford Press

ISBN: 9781583551684

Category: Nature

Page: 12

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The Southern Night Sky provides a simplified field reference to familiar stars and constellations. A durable folding guide format is great for use in the field, and allows any level of nature explorer to recognize and easily identify the most common constellations. This guide features glow in the dark constellations (flashlight illuminates the star charts).