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The Star Atlas Companion

What you need to know about the Constellations

Bagnall, Philip M.

2012, X, 486 p. 211 illus.

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  • Filled with diagrams and important information, this book is unique in that it acts as a companion to traditional star atlases rather than being a star atlas itself
  • Shows stars as they really look, including their sizes, colors, and brightness levels and shows the relative distances between stars
  • Demonstrates the dynamics of constellations, i.e., how their appearance changes over time

The Star Atlas Companion is the ideal companion to any star atlas, as it is the first book to provide a true perspective on the characteristics and distances of over 1,100 stars and their movement through space. With the aid of scale diagrams, the reader can grasp difficult-to-understand concepts such as how far apart stars really are, their relative sizes, how fast they spin and their shapes, and how the constellation patterns change over time. This book:

- describes many stars visible to the naked eye in both the northern and southern hemispheres;

- explains binary and multiple star systems in detail;

- gives the properties of many open clusters;

- enables a true appreciation of the scale of our galactic neighborhood

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Absolute magnitude of stars - How to use star atlases - Overview of constellations - Star colors - Star magnitudes - Stellar classification - Understanding the night sky - constellation dynamics

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Popular Astronomy

Table of contents 

About this book.- Acknowledgments.- Introduction.- Making sense of the data.- The Constellations.- Andromeda to Chamaeleon.- Circinus to Indus.- Lacerta to Pisces.- Piscis Australis to Vulpecula.- Index.

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