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By Milton Heifetz, Wil Tirion

What famous person is that? the place is the Southern pass? Who used to be Orion? Answering those questions and lots of extra, this ebook turns into a vital touring better half for newbie astronomers heading out of the country. Its specific simplified maps make it effortless to discover the constellations within the southern hemisphere skies, and the celebrities inside of them. transparent directions consultant the person on how you can gauge sizes and distances, and circulate simply among constellations. This re-creation has been up-to-date with extra mythology details, and an inventory of the planet positions as much as 2016. Of worth to every age, this ebook introduces the styles of the starry skies in a memorable means. No apparatus is required to exploit this functional advisor: except common sight and transparent skies. fantastically illustrated, this is often a great advent to unusual stars that would have astronomers of all degrees looking at on the skies conveniently.

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It then rambles southward to end at Achernar. ✶ The only bright stars in the constellation are Cursa (Star 1), Zaurak (Star 2), Acamar (Star 3) and Achernar (Star 4). ✶ It may be simpler to visualize the river by joining stars 1–2–3–4 to form a sinuous line from Cursa to Achernar. Notice that Eridanus partially surrounds the faint constellation of Fornax. 37 A walk through the heavens Fig. 23 – Facing South and looking high up - January / February Sirius 36° Canopus 37° Large Magellanic Cloud HYDRUS 3 1 CRUX Achernar 4 Acrux 3 1 41/2 South Celestial Pole 2 3 6 Hadar 2 Rigil Kentaurus 1 CENTAURUS 38 2 Small Magellanic Cloud A walk through the heavens ✶ A line from Sirius to Canopus leads to the South Celestial Pole.

The head, chest and front legs look like a backwards question mark. There are two stars in Leo whose names you should learn. Star 6 is Regulus, which means Little King. The tip of Leo’s tail, Star 8, is Denebola. ✶ A line from Acrux, Star 1 of Crux through Star 3 of Crux leads through Corvus and then to Denebola, the tail of Leo. See Fig. 30. ✶ Form a triangle joining Arcturus of Bootes, Spica of Virgo and Denebola of Leo. ✶ A line from Betelgeuse of Orion to Procyon of Canis Minor leads in a slight curve to Regulus.

Aldebaran is 15 degrees from Star 2 (Bellatrix) of Orion. ✶ From Orion walk past Aldebaran approximately 10 degrees to a faint hazy cluster of stars, the Pleiades. ✶ Move from Mirfak of Perseus and then southward along the curve of Perseus to the Pleiades. To locate Procyon in Canis Minor This is a bright star 25 degrees in a northerly direction from Sirius. You may notice that the Milky Way lies between Procyon and Sirius. The Summer Triangle (Winter Triangle in the Northern Hemisphere) is an equilateral triangle joining Betelgeuse of Orion, Sirius of Canis Major and Procyon of Canis Minor.

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