By Milton Heifetz, Wil Tirion
What big name is that? the place is the Southern pass? Who used to be Orion? Answering those questions and lots of extra, this publication becomes a necessary touring better half for beginner astronomers heading out of the country. Its exact simplified maps make it effortless to discover the constellations within the southern hemisphere skies, and the celebrities inside of them. transparent directions consultant the consumer on tips to gauge sizes and distances, and circulation simply among constellations. This new version has been up to date with extra mythology info, and an inventory 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 manner. No apparatus is required to exploit this useful advisor: except common sight and transparent skies. fantastically illustrated, this is often an awesome creation to surprising stars that may have astronomers of all degrees watching on the skies very easily.
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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. ✶ Form an equilateral triangle joining Denebola in Leo, Spica in Virgo and Arcturus.
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. The Magellanic Clouds (best seen September–March) ✶ The South Celestial Pole is on a line perpendicular to the midpoint of a line between Rigil Kentaurus (Star 1) and Hadar (Star 2) of Centaurus. The distance to the SCP is approximately six times the distance between Rigil Kentaurus and Hadar.
30 – Facing North - April 10 pm - Horizon for 25° S Spica in VIRGO Denebola in LEO Arcturus 1 BOOTES Cor Caroli 2 CORONA BOREALIS CANES VENATICI Alphecca 3 2 4 5 5 5 BIG DIPPER 6 4 3 6 7 1 Alkaid 2 Alioth 7 3 1 Dubhe 50 4 A walk through the heavens To locate Arcturus in Bootes (Fig. 29). Best seen 9 pm May 1 to August 1 To locate Cor Caroli in Canes Venatici ✶ A line from Star 7 of Ursa Major going between Stars 4 and 5 leads to Cor Caroli. Bootes looks like a giant kite. In 1933 the light from Arcturus, the fourth brightest star in the sky, which is approximately 36 light years away, was focused onto a photo-electric cell which produced electrical current.
A Walk through the Southern Sky: A Guide to Stars and Constellations and their Legends, Second edition by Milton Heifetz, Wil Tirion