- Paperback: 106 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 4 edition (April 10, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1316645517
- ISBN-13: 978-1316645512
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.3 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #884,709 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 4th Edition
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'This attractive work looks like a children's book, and it will indeed, no doubt, be very appealing to interested children, but it is really for anyone who wishes to learn the basics of the subject. Written for complete beginners, it introduces the patterns of the northern hemisphere sky. ... This book is a nice mix of reference value and general interest!' Ray Ward, Reference Reviews
'How should one introduce the constellation patterns to someone who wants to learn about the stars? This book approaches the complete beginner by taking them on a journey round the sky (hence the title), starting with a brief introduction to how distances are measured on the sky, even briefer but useful instructions for using the various illustrations, and a set of sky maps for the four seasons (for the northern hemisphere - a companion book treats the southern stars). ... Overall, this is a very suitable and attractive book for the complete newcomer to astronomy, which gives just enough information to whet the appetite for more. The text is clearly written, and Wil Tirion's sky maps are well up to his usual high standard.' Robert Connon Smith, The Observatory
This beautiful guide to the pathways in the night sky introduces the reader to the constellations of the northern hemisphere. Ancient myths and legends of the sky are retold to add to the wonder of the stars. No equipment is needed, just the naked eye and clear dark skies above.
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I strongly object to this sort of editing. I want to find out the real stories that people told, without this sort of moral editing. I prefer to know the real history of the sky myths.
Not recommended as your only or first book. May have some use as a book to give to sensitive children who you wish to "protect" form real history.