- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; Annual, Subsequent edition (September 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671791877
- ISBN-13: 978-0671791872
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Star Maps for Beginners: 50th Anniversary Edition Annual, Subsequent Edition
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It was far and away the best guide for learning the constellations and their bright stars. The "Maltese Cross" map projection was an ingenious method for displaying the constellations with minimal distortion. Descriptions of the ancient myths associated with the constellations was an added plus. I treasured my old copy which eventually became quite ragged and then was lost in a move.
Presented here is a 1992 edition of the originally 1942 book. The data for location of the planets only extends to 1997, which is hardly the fault of the 1992 publisher. Nowadays information about the current locations of the planets among the constellations can be found on the internet which was not widely in use back then.
My reason for again buying a copy of this book was nostalgic. But if you or your kids want to easily learn how to identify the constellations and bright stars, this should be your first choice. I'm so pleased that my home library once again contains this marvelous book.