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Star Tales Hardcover – Illustrated, 8 Feb 1989

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Ridpath explains in readable, concise, and reliable terms the origin and meaning of constellations, the 88 star patterns visible in the night sky. He emphasizes throughout that these configurations are a product of the human imagination and, as such, the patterns have changed throughout history. The author shows how Greek and Roman mythology shaped these celestial images into the assemblages of figures we see today. Each constellation is well explained using sufficient detail. Most public libraries will want this wonderful story of star tales. - Robert Paul, Dickinson Coll., Carlisle, Pa. --Library Journal

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Ian Ridpath is among the leading British writers and broadcasters on astronomy and space. Regular appearances on both BBC TV's Breakfast Time and TV-AM, as well as many children's programmes, have made him a familiar figure. His radio broadcasts include Science Now and Today on Radio 4, Radio 2's John Dunn Show, programmes for the BBC World Service, LBC and BBC Radio London. He has written over 30 books on astronomy and space for both adults and children. He is editor of Popular Astronomy magazine and of Norton's Star Atlas.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Collection of Tales 20 Feb. 2014
By Scott Guthery - Published on
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Ian gives a wonderful talk about the constellations on YouTube. I recommend it as well as his book. He as obviously been studying the history of constellations for quite some time. As a result, as is the case with all true experts, he strives to delight rather than impress the reader. All in all a wonderful collection of stores carrying with them twinklings of little known facts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any amateur astronomer, I promise it will be one of the most satisfying reads in your career 25 Jun. 2014
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I have read this book five times already, it is that amazing! It is a must for any amateur astronomer, as it will be one of the most satisfying reads in your career! The vast amount of information on all the constellations and references to other useful resources have been the most terrific things about this book. Ian's website for Star Tales also has a treasure trove of material that hasn't made it to the book. I couldn't recommend this book more!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 Dec. 2014
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Nice reading
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good for what it is 29 Jan. 2003
By Diana Nier - Published on
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Ian Ridpath's "Star Tales" is exactly what its title says: a collection of the myths and legends (mostly Greek) attached to the 88 recognized constellations. The constellations are listed in alphabetical order, each with its accompanying history and legends and often with an illustration from old star charts -- ones that drew pictures over the collections of stars instead of linking the stars with straight lines. The use of archaic star charts makes it difficult to properly identify any individual stars Ridpath mentions, since they are only marked as alpha, beta, epsilon, etc. in those pictures -- and the writing is very small! It is also hard to transfer those free-form pictures to the more popular connect-the-dots view of constellations.
However, Ridpath never claims to be writing about how to find constellations or identify interesting stars. He promises to tell stories, and he does. Exhaustively. With all alternate versions, plus references to the ancient Sumerian myths from which many Greek constellations sprang. He also includes a discussion about the origins of star tales and a list of the more well-known obsolete constellations.
In short, "Star Tales" is a book with a deliberately limited subject matter that it treats intelligently and in great detail. So long as you don't expect anything else from it, you'll be fine. (Some of the stories are awfully fun in their own right, too!)
5.0 out of 5 stars It is an eye-opener and beautiful as well 20 April 2016
By Joan M. Flynn - Published on
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This is a book about the constellations. It is an eye-opener and beautiful as well. If you ;ove the mystique of the heavens, buy this book.
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