© 1998

Photo-guide to the Constellations

A Self-Teaching Guide to Finding Your Way Around the Heavens


Part of the Practical Astronomy book series (PATRICKMOORE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Chris Kitchin
    Pages 1-7
  3. Chris Kitchin
    Pages 9-78
  4. Chris Kitchin
    Pages 79-114
  5. Chris Kitchin
    Pages 115-132
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 133-149

About this book


"l hope that people all around the world never forget what a wonderful thing it is to lie on your back and look up at the stars" Pete Seeger What is the fascination that constellations hold for people? There are probably as many different answers to that question as there are people. For many, though, the constella­ tions are the stepping-off point into the fabulous, mind-bending discoveries and concepts of modern astronomy. For others it is their long and intriguing history that beckons. For some people the constellations provide the means for navigation and orientation over the surface of the Earth, and of course there are the millions who place some faith in horo­ scopes. But for most people the patterns in the sky are a beautiful part of their environ­ ment to be treasured alongside the forests, fields and rivers that make life worth living. However just as we are losing our green environment to pollution, so we are losing our sky. The glow from cities across the world swamps the stars in the night sky. Astronomers have had to retreat to remote mountain tops to escape that light pollution. The rest of us must make do with what is available. From the centre of a city, or any other brightly lit area, probably no stars at all will be visible even on the clearest of nights. From the suburbs, the brighter stars should normally be seen.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Hertfordshire, University ObservatoryBayfordbury, HertfordshireUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Photo-guide to the Constellations
  • Book Subtitle A Self-Teaching Guide to Finding Your Way Around the Heavens
  • Authors C. R. Kitchin
  • Series Title Practical Astronomy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-540-76203-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4471-0611-1
  • Series ISSN 1431-9756
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 149
  • Number of Illustrations 441 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
    Astrophysics and Astroparticles
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"This addition to the Practical Astronomy Series serves as an excellent source of reference for the amateur astronomer…the result is a very practical book which will serve the beginner very well.”