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The Mythology of the Night Sky: An Amateur Astronomer's Guide to the Ancient Greek and Roman Legends (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series) Paperback – 31 Aug 2011

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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2011 edition (31 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461401364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461401360
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 917,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“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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Every amateur astronomer can easily recognize most of the constellations, but how many of us know the story behind them? What myths did the Ancient Greeks weave around the mighty hunter Orion that places him so prominently in the sky? Did you know that this mythical being was said to have been killed by Diana, herself a hunter, while he was exhausted by his fight with Scorpius? The constellation of Scorpius, the giant scorpion, is dominated by the red supergiant Antares and hangs in the sky opposite Orion. Yet there is no constellation of Diana to be found!

The Mythology of the Night Sky strikes a balance between backyard astronomy and ancient mythology. Organized by seasons, this book describes Ptolemy's 48 constellations with location and description in detail, while also telling the mythological tales in full. Along with the named constellations, this title also incorporates the lore behind the christening of the planets and their satellites. Readers discover the importance of the ancient characters, why they were immortalized in the sky, how several constellations are all woven into the same story and how satellite names are related to their planets.

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