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Astronomy | The Mythology of the Night Sky - An Amateur Astronomer's Guide to the Ancient Greek and Roman (Reviews)

The Mythology of the Night Sky

An Amateur Astronomer's Guide to the Ancient Greek and Roman Legends

Falkner, David E.

2011, XIII, 238p. 71 illus., 62 illus. in color.

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From the reviews:

“If you have ever wondered why exactly are there such oddly named constellations as Perseus and Cepheus or why are there several fishes and a sea-monster in the sky, then ‘The Mythology of the Night Sky’, is the book to turn to. … there are also star charts, so you can find the constellations, also written instructions on how to find it, and also tables of named stars in the constellation and deep sky objects. … I found this book quite interesting … .” (Kadri Tinn, AstroMadness.com, September, 2013)

“Characters from ancient Greek mythology live on among the patterns of the constellations … and many bright stars have names that originated with the Arabs over a millennium ago. Anyone who has ever wondered about the stories behind these names will want to take a look at this book by David Falkner … . The myths and legends of the constellations are a good way to introduce newcomers to the sky. Falkner’s book serves a useful purpose and I wish it success.” (Ian Ridpath, The Observatory, Vol. 132 (1228), June, 2012)

“Organised by seasons, the book tackles each of Ptolemy’s 48 constellations in turn, with individual chapters dedicated to the legends of Jason and the Argonauts, Hercules, Perseus and the planets. Each legend is preceded by a brief description of the constellation, a star chart and, in some cases, a photo taken by the author with imaging details should the reader wish to photograph the constellations using a digital camera. I enjoyed reading the book … .” (Emily Baldwin, Astronomy Now, January, 2012)

 

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