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4.0 out of 5 stars Shiny stars enhance this beautifully illustrated introductory book, 10 Nov 2008
This review is from: Zodiac: Celestial Circle of the Sun (Paperback)
from Jacqueline Mitton and Christina Balit.

From the back cover:-

'Here is an astronomical guide to the Zodiac and to the celestial legends of gods, mortal men and fantasy creatures in which the age-old tradition is rooted.

'Striking jewel-toned illustrations....an appealing starting point for budding astronomers and astrologers' School Library Journal.'

Larger format paperback covers open to 36 high quality shiny pages.
Beautifully illustrated throughout, this super book begins with a section introducing the Zodiac, then each of the signs - on a double page spread -commencing with Aries.

It ends with sections entitled:-

More about the Zodiac (including the sun's path and the origin)

Astronomical constellations compared with astrological signs

Visibility of Zodiac constellations in the sky (with approx best dates, when highest in the sky at midnight)

Example of text;
from PISCES:-

'Surely these slithery fishes could easily slip the cord that binds their tails! Yet, following a tradition more than 2000 years old, they are always joined by a shimmering ribbon of softly-glowing stars, One fish darts west towards the stream of water spilling from Aquarius' jar, while the other leaps north, as if to gulp the air. Though caught by their bond, Pisces can easily evade a sky-watcher`s eye. The constellation`s huge V-shape with a circlet at one tip is distinctive, but faint - only discernible on a truly dark night.........'
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4.0 out of 5 stars Explaining the constellations, 23 Dec 2013
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Wonderful illustrations again. This book was chosen for the oldest child in the family as it is more detailed than the others. There are star maps and various articles about astronomy and why it was so important to ancient peoples
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