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The Stars: A New Way to See Them Hardcover – December 6, 2016
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(1) H.A. Rey has done a great service by redrawing the constellations (using the same stars) so that they *actually* look like the figure they represent. This is in contrast to so many other constellation drawings (by others) that bear no resemblance at all to the figure they supposedly represent. They come in two varieties: either they are lifelike representations with no correlation at all between the figure and the individual stars or they are stick figures that look more like abstract art!
(2) Rather than deluging you with lots of irrelevant facts, H.A. Rey has chosen some very pertinent, interesting facts and anecdotes to share about the stars and the constellations. These are the kind of facts that are fun to share with others when you introduce them to the constellations!
(3) H.A. Rey has very wisely left the more detailed and technical explanations for discussion later in the book. He starts off by telling you just the basics that you need to start stargazing right away!
(4) On the Calendar Chart pages you will see two star charts on facing pages. On the left you'll see just the stars and on the right you'll see the stars with the connecting lines to show the constellations. Going back and forth between the pages is a great way to start to memorize the celestial patterns so that when you get outside it will be easier to pick them out!
I do have a question for those of you who have used this book for years, since there isn't a Q&A - is this the same book (but updated) as the old "Worldwide Edition"? There are SO many differently named versions of this book floating around, and I think it's really just one book and this is the most up-to-date version.
Mine seems to include charts for almost everywhere in the world, so I believe this is the best and most updated version available, but would love to hear from anybody else.
What few people know is H.A. Rey studied Natural Science and loved Astronomy. Back in the 1930's he would draw pictures of constellations, which eventually brought him to writing about stars and drawing them.
Whether you are a child, or even an adult interested in stars, you will find this book absolutely delightful as well as a very easy read. Here he agains draws lines between stars of constellations to make pictures that are so meaningful, you will actually remember them!
This is a book that should be on everyone's bookshelf is you have any interest in star gazing.
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I went looking for my copy recently and couldn't find it; I probably gave it away so I needed to order a couple more, one for me and one to give away.
This book is a great introduction to astronomy; I am not aware of anything better. The authors approach to illustrating constellations is brilliant. It is not very technical, but then no introduction to anything should be, however there are sections (with illustrations) which describe some of the jargon well enough to make you think you're actually learning something. Terms like: ecliptic, meridian, equinox, right ascension, azimuth, etc are described and illustrated in such a way that if you put in a little thought effort you will understand what they mean.
Makes a great coffee table book.