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By Milton Heifetz, Wil Tirion

What superstar is that? the place is the Southern go? Who was once Orion? Answering those questions and plenty of extra, this ebook becomes an important touring better half for beginner astronomers heading in another country. Its detailed simplified maps make it effortless to discover the constellations within the southern hemisphere skies, and the celebrities inside of them. transparent directions advisor the consumer on how one can gauge sizes and distances, and circulate simply among constellations. This re-creation has been up to date with extra mythology info, and an inventory of the planet positions as much as 2016. Of price to every age, this ebook introduces the styles of the starry skies in a memorable approach. No gear is required to exploit this sensible consultant: except common sight and transparent skies. superbly illustrated, this can be a terrific creation to strange stars that would have astronomers of all degrees observing on the skies comfortably.

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38). Alphecca, Star 3, is called The Jewel in the Crown. The six other stars are very faint. ✶ Follow the curve of the handle of Ursa Major to Arcturus, the first bright star along that curve. ✶ 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.

Best seen 9 pm December–April. This triangle is remarkable in that it encloses two constellations and partially encloses eight others. The triangle contains the constellations of Mensa and Volans and partially encloses Musca, Chamaeleon, Carina, Pictor, Dorado, Horologium, Reticulum, and Hydrus. It also encloses the Large Magellanic Cloud. Study this triangle to help visualize these constellations. They are very faint and unimportant except for Hydrus and Star 1 of Musca. Achernar is a bright star that is approximately four fully extended hand spans from Crux.

23, not to scale) ✶ The closest constellation to the South Celestial Pole is the dim constellation Octans. It is too dim to be of much value in locating the SCP. ✶ Canopus and Achernar form an almost equilateral triangle with the SCP. 5 degrees to the side of that line. ✶ The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) and the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) form a nice equilateral triangle with the South Celestial Pole. ✶ Moving along the line from Star 3 of Crux through Acrux, approximately 41⁄2 times the length of Crux leads to the South Celestial Pole.

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