The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

Myths, Symbols and Legends of Solar System Bodies

Authors: Alexander, Rachel

  • Explores the mythology behind the Sun, the planets and named moons of our Solar System
  • Provides great background information for astronomy lectures and star parties
  • Includes myths of many cultures over the course of human history
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About this book

This book is an amateur astronomer’s guide to the mythology and symbolism associated with the celestial bodies in the Solar System, and even includes some of the legendary tales of people who had or have a connection with these objects. It explores different cultures (for example, the Greco-Roman and the Norse) and different times and how stories were used to explain the worlds they saw above them. You’d be amazed how much of our world today reflects the myths and stories of these cultures!

Most amateur astronomers are familiar with the various Solar System objects, but they will be only peripherally aware of what ancient cultures thought of these other worlds. In fact, the mythology of the planets challenges many twenty-first century concepts and beliefs There are other books available on astromythology, but this one focuses mostly on our own Solar System, as opposed to the constellations and deep sky objects.

Alexander offers a new angle on timeless subjects and is exciting, informative and dramatic, as well as surprisingly relevant to everyday life. Find out for yourself how our modern world is steeped in the bygone worlds of yesteryear.

About the authors

Rachel Alexander grew up in Nottingham, England, surrounded by the mythology of english and history at Hatfield Polytechnic (UK), including ancient Greek history and philosophy, before completing her post-graduate Certificate of Education (the UK qualification for Teaching) at Exeter University. She then went on to teach English in a secondary school, before eventually becoming a Learning Support Tutor at Exeter College. She taught English to Japanese students every year in Exeter and/or Dorset until 2011, and has taught English to Japanese students in Nara, Japan. Following her time in Japan she returned to education and studied Fine Art at Plymouth University. On this course she specialized in Portraiture and researching and compiling information on Symbolism, which led to and has enhanced her interest in Mythology. She has had a long-time interest in amateur astronomy.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Solar Heroes and Sun Gods

    Alexander, Rachel

    Pages 1-22

  • The Sun as a Powerhouse

    Alexander, Rachel

    Pages 23-39

  • A Crippled Craftsman, a Divine Messenger, and the Goddess of Love

    Alexander, Rachel

    Pages 41-54

  • To the Ends of the Earth

    Alexander, Rachel

    Pages 55-76

  • Craters, Dragons, Festivals, Gods and Goddesses of Earth’s Moon

    Alexander, Rachel

    Pages 77-104

Buy this book

eBook $29.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-7067-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $39.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-7066-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Myths, Symbols and Legends of Solar System Bodies
Authors
Series Title
The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-7067-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-7067-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-7066-3
Series ISSN
1431-9756
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 234
Number of Illustrations and Tables
49 b/w illustrations, 43 illustrations in colour
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