By Milton Heifetz, Wil Tirion
What celebrity is that? the place is the Southern go? Who used to be Orion? Answering those questions and lots of extra, this booklet becomes an important touring better half for newbie astronomers heading in a foreign country. Its exact simplified maps make it effortless to discover the constellations within the southern hemisphere skies, and the celebrities inside them. transparent directions consultant the person on tips on how to gauge sizes and distances, and stream simply among constellations. This re-creation has been up to date with extra mythology details, and a listing of the planet positions as much as 2016. Of worth to every age, this publication introduces the styles of the starry skies in a memorable means. No apparatus is required to exploit this sensible consultant: except general sight and transparent skies. fantastically illustrated, this is often a fantastic advent to unusual stars that might have astronomers of all degrees observing on the skies very easily.
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Sirius is about 15 degrees from Star 6 (Saiph) of Orion. 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.
Star 1 of Canis Major, Sirius, through Star 5 leads to Star 2 of Puppis. ✶ A line from Sirius through Star 4 of Canis Major leads to Star 5 of Puppis. ✶ A line from Star 2 of Canis Major through Star 4 crosses Puppis to Star 1 of Vela. ✶ Notice that Star 1 of Puppis is close to Canopus, the second brightest star in the sky and that moving from Canopus through Star 1 of Puppis goes to Star 2 of Puppis. 35 A walk through the heavens Fig. 22 — Facing West - January 10 pm ORION Canopus COLUMBA LEPUS PICTOR Rigel DORADO 1 Cursa CAELUM ERIDANUS Zaurak RETICULUM 2 HOROLOGIUM 3 Acamar FORNAX 4 Menkar Achernar Mira PHOENIX Ankaa CETUS Diphda 36 A walk through the heavens The River Eridanus (Fig.
A line from Antares of Scorpius through Star 1 of Scorpius leads in a very slight curve to Arcturus. See Fig. 30. ✶ Move from Arcturus to Star 3 of Bootes. Alphecca is just to the side of this star. ✶ Using Fig. 30, follow a line from Acrux (Star 1) of Crux through Star 2 of Crux leads across the sky to the very bright star Arcturus near the northern horizon. ✶ Form an equilateral triangle joining Denebola in Leo, Spica in Virgo and Arcturus. 51 A walk through the heavens Fig. 30 – Facing North - May 10 pm - Horizon for 25° S 1 CRUX 5 2 4 3 SCORPIUS CRATER Antares HYDRA CORVUS 3 Kraz 2 1 Zubenelgenubi Gienah Alphard Spica LIBRA SEXTANS Denebola Regulus 6 7 5 8 Arcturus 4 9 3 1 VIRGO COMA BERENICES LEO 2 BIG DIPPER 52 A walk through the heavens To locate Spica in Virgo (Fig.