- Paperback: 94 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 3 edition (January 12, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521544157
- ISBN-13: 978-0521544153
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Walk through the Heavens: A Guide to Stars and Constellations and their Legends 3rd Edition
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"...a helpful guide that introduces young adults to the starry heavens--one that can perhaps lead to lifelong inquiry and involvement with astronomy." Science Books and Films
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 pracical 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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In contrast, H.A. Rey used his imagination to re-draw the line segments between the stars in his book "The Stars: A New Way to See Them". Put another way, Rey diverges from the accepted norm in that the connections between the stars in any given constellation are drawn differently than the accepted connections. That means if you look at a planisphere or any other observing aid, the constellations' connections will be drawn differently than in Rey's book (but will appear the same as they do in "A Walk Through the Heavens").
That said, some people find Rey's "new way" easier since Rey's constellation connections are more intuitive for some people to grasp. But if you learn from Rey's book then be prepared to re-learn the conventional constellation segments once you graduate to any other astronomical reference.
The latter book was "new" generations ago when my now grown children marveled at the heavens using our heavily worn hard copy of "The Stars" with Rey, and is now collecting grubby fingerprints from the frequent use by my grandchildren in our original and several paperback copies.
Part 2 of the Heifetz/Tirion book uses a labored method of originating and extending lines all over the sky from "Star n" of Asterism "m" through several other hard to define positions of far removed stars and further on to numbered or named stars in destination constellations for its "Walk Through the Heavens".
Too complicated for the purpose for beginners.
One could spend all night trying to imagine these lines in the sky while a few minutes with either of the Rey books would have the beginner naming and knowing half a dozen constellations and then star hopping to others.
Parts 1, 3 and 4 save the book. Part 3, the section on Legends of the Heavens, Milky Way, etc. is very good. Part 4, sort of a Misc. chapter has a small collection of good viewing information.
The book is a good buy, but the Rey books are a lot better for learning the constellations for any age group, and only slightly more expensive.
The Time-Life Skywatching/Advanced Skywatching volumes for a few more bucks are a little more advanced but orders of magnitude better for beginning teenagers, adults or advanced elementary schoolers and provide a lot more bang for your buck.
I have always been interested on space. However, I have never taken a single astronomy class, and there is a huge difference between knowing about astronomical objects and identifying them on the sky. I had seen some maps, but they were overwhelming.
This book changed it all. It starts with identifying one constellation, and from there it takes you to many stars. It is a very useful first step.
A great companion book for this one is "Secrets of the Night Sky". As I told in my review of that one, "A Walkthrough" will show you how to locate stuff. "Secrets" will let you know what you are watching.
Also, most books have the stars on a dark blue background with black writing. It's hard to read. This has the stars white, on a light lavender background, so the black and white writing stands out much better. All in all, it make the diagrams much easier on the eyes. I am going to try to learn one constellation each night.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great guide book to the constellations with some Greek mythology thrown in. Exactly what I wanted as a brief tutorial. Great for adult or student.Published 3 months ago by GrannyK
Great for my 5th grade son's reports in both his gifted as well as mainstream class. It's not too babyish but not too technical either. Perfect for any age.Published on December 14, 2014 by justamom35
great book if you want to learn something new! starts you off at the basics and moves on from there. Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by Brianna R Von Eps
This book is exactly what I was looking for!!! -- a guide to the stars, where to look, how to identify them (based on other celestial bodies) and their backgrounds, movements, and... Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by relaxed.D
This book was well illustrated and easy to understand-a tremendous work for both young and old learners. A MUST have!Published on June 2, 2013 by James Rhodes
This book has excellent maps, and many interesting star stories. But the author tells us in his introduction that he objects to stories which are too violent, so he edits out the... Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by Michael Kauper