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A Walk through the Heavens
A Guide to Stars and Constellations and their Legends

4th Edition

$19.99 (G)

  • Date Published: April 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316645512

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  • What is that star called? Where is the Great Bear? A Walk through the Heavens is a beautiful guide to the pathways in the night sky, and which answers these questions and more. Written for complete beginners, this book introduces the reader to the patterns of the northern hemisphere's sky in a clear and memorable way. Its simplified maps and clear instructions make it easy to find the main constellations and identify the bright stars within them. This fourth edition adds color and a map of the Moon to its successful formula. Ancient myths and legends of the sky, some thousands of years old, are retold to add to the wonder and mystery of the stars. No equipment is needed to use this practical guide, just the naked eye and clear dark skies above - simply look up, relax and enjoy this journey across the sky.

    • This long-awaited fourth edition is in color throughout, with a more modern design, updated planet positions, and a new Moon map
    • Suitable for complete beginners of all ages, from eight to eighty
    • The constellations can be seen by the naked eye, so no equipment is required
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    'This attractive work looks like a children’s book, and it will indeed, no doubt, be very appealing to interested children, but it is really for anyone who wishes to learn the basics of the subject. Written for complete beginners, it introduces the patterns of the northern hemisphere sky. … This book is a nice mix of reference value and general interest!' Ray Ward, Reference Reviews

    'How should one introduce the constellation patterns to someone who wants to learn about the stars? This book approaches the complete beginner by taking them on a journey round the sky (hence the title), starting with a brief introduction to how distances are measured on the sky, even briefer but useful instructions for using the various illustrations, and a set of sky maps for the four seasons (for the northern hemisphere - a companion book treats the southern stars). … Overall, this is a very suitable and attractive book for the complete newcomer to astronomy, which gives just enough information to whet the appetite for more. The text is clearly written, and Wil Tirion’s sky maps are well up to his usual high standard.' Robert Connon Smith, The Observatory

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    Product details

    • Edition: 4th Edition
    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316645512
    • length: 106 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 8 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Measuring Distances in the Sky
    Part II. A Walk through the Heavens
    Part III. Legends of the Heavens
    Part IV. There's More to See!
    Constellations index.

  • Authors

    Milton D. Heifetz, Formerly Boston College
    Milton D. Heifetz (1921–2015) was a leading neurosurgeon and inventor of the Heifetz aneurysm clip, the leading device of its kind during the 1970s and 1980s. Later on in his career, he became active in medical ethics, taking an early pro-euthanasia stance and writing several books on the topic. In this capacity, he was a visiting professor at Harvard University, Massachusetts, a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford and he taught a course in ethics at the Boston College Law School up until his eighties.

    Wil Tirion
    Wil Tirion is a full-time uranographer. He is famous among the amateur astronomy community for the numerous atlases and star charts he has created. Other successful books include Sky Atlas 2000.0 (with Roger W. Sinott, Cambridge, 1998), The Cambridge Star Atlas, 3rd edition (Cambridge, 2001), The Cambridge Double Star Atlas, 2nd edition (with Bruce MacEvoy, Cambridge, 2015), and The Monthly Sky Guide, 9th edition (with Ian Ridpath, Cambridge, 2013).

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