Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

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

4th Edition

$17.99 (T)

  • Date Published: April 2017
  • availability: Out of stock in print form with no current plan to reprint
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316645512

$ 17.99 (T)

Out of stock in print form with no current plan to reprint
Unavailable Add to wishlist

Other available formats:

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • 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
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    '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

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    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: Out of stock in print form with no current plan to reprint
  • Table of Contents

    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).

Related Books

also by this author

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×
warning icon

Turn stock notifications on?

You must be signed in to your Cambridge account to turn product stock notifications on or off.

Sign in Create a Cambridge account arrow icon

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.