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The Mythology of the Night Sky


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Preface.- Chapter 1: Astrophotography Using a Compact Digital Camera.- Chapter 2: An Introduction to Greco-Roman Mythology.- Chapter 3: The Winter Constellations.- Chapter 4: The Legend of Jason and the Argonauts.- Chapter 5: The Spring Constellations.- Chapter 6: The Summer Constellations.- Chapter 7: The Legend of Hercules.- Chapter 8: The Autumn Constellations.- Chapter 9: The Legend of Perseus.- Chapter 10: Planets and Satellites.- Appendix A: Names of the Greek and Roman Gods.- Appendix B: Ptolemy's Constellations.- Appendix C: The Messier Objects.- Appendix D: NGC/IC Objects by Constellation.- Appendix E: The Greek Alphabet.- Bibliography.

About the Author

David Falkner first became interested in astronomy as a pre-teen when his father took him to a show at the Holcolm Planetarium in Indianapolis, IN. He became hooke and has loved astronomy ever since. When he was a teenager he inherited a homemade Newtonian telescope that needed the primary mirror. He ground a 6" mirror and completed his first telescope, which gave him years of pleasure observing the heavens. In 1973 he joined the U.S. Navy and became an officer in 1980. In 1986 as a Naval Officer stationed in Monterey, California, he became involved with the Friends of MIRA (Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy) where he conducted outreach to local schools associated with the return of Halley's Comet. He retired from the navy in 1993 and settled in Minnesota Astronomical Society.


From the reviews: "Organised by seasons, the book tackles each of Ptolemy's 48 constellations in turn, with individual chapters dedicated to the legends of Jason and the Argonauts, Hercules, Perseus and the planets. Each legend is preceded by a brief description of the constellation, a star chart and, in some cases, a photo taken by the author with imaging details should the reader wish to photograph the constellations using a digital camera. I enjoyed reading the book ... ." (Emily Baldwin, Astronomy Now, January, 2012) "Characters from ancient Greek mythology live on among the patterns of the constellations ... and many bright stars have names that originated with the Arabs over a millennium ago. Anyone who has ever wondered about the stories behind these names will want to take a look at this book by David Falkner ... . The myths and legends of the constellations are a good way to introduce newcomers to the sky. Falkner's book serves a useful purpose and I wish it success." (Ian Ridpath, The Observatory, Vol. 132 (1228), June, 2012)

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