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By Milton Heifetz, Wil Tirion

ISBN-10: 1107698987

ISBN-13: 9781107698987

A stroll during the Southern Sky is a superbly illustrated advisor to the celebs and constellations of the southern hemisphere. via following the simplified and easy-to-use starmaps, readers should be capable of establish constellations with out gear yet general sight and a transparent evening sky. This e-book offers transparent directions on tips to verify famous person sizes and the distances among stars, permitting readers to maneuver simply among constellations. The budding astronomer is brought to the secret and beauty of the southern sky because the myths and legends of its stars and constellations are wondrously retold. The 3rd version of this magical publication includes a new moon map, an up-to-date checklist of planet positions, extra illustrations and extra lifelike famous person maps. it truly is a useful and lovely advisor for amateur stargazers, either old and young.

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Star 1 of Canis Major, Sirius, through star 5 leads to star 2 of Puppis. 3 8 â•… ●● diamond that lies between Canis Major, Vela Major points to the centre of Puppis. ●● A line from star 2 of Canis Major through star 4 crosses Puppis to star 1 of Vela. To locate Puppis (Figure 21) ●● A line from Sirius through star 4 of Canis A Wa l k t h r o u g h t h e S o u t h e r n S k y 4 4 VELA 5 3 3 8 2 5 6 2 7 False Cross PYXIS 2 1 CARINA 3 5 PUPPIS 6 1 5 4 1 CANIS MAJOR Canopus Adhara 3 4 1 Sirius 2 Figure 21â•… Facing south-west€– April, 10 pm A wa l k t h r o u g h t h e h e a v e n sâ•… 39 T he Ri v e r E rid a n u s ( Fig u re 2 2 ) ●● It may be simpler to visualise the river by Best seen 9 pm November–March joining stars 1–2–3–4 to form a sinuous line The complete extent of Eridanus lies directly from Cursa to Achernar.

Canopus and Achernar form an almost equilateral triangle with the SCP. 5 degrees to the side of Magellanic Cloud form a nice equilateral that line. triangle with the South Celestial Pole. 5 times the T he Ma g e l l a nic Cl o u d s length of Crux leads to the South Celestial Best seen September–March Pole. The Magellanic Clouds, or Clouds of Magellan The South Celestial Pole is on a line (originally called the Cape Clouds), were perpendicular to the midpoint of a line discovered before the time of the explorer between Rigil Kentaurus (star 1) and Hadar Ferdinand Magellan.

A line from star 1 through star 3 of Grus leads to Tucana. To locate Grus (Figure 17) Best seen 9 pm July–January Now that you have identified Peacock of To locate Indus (Figure 17) Pavo and Achernar of Eridanus, visualise a ●● line between them and look straight north to locate Fomalhaut of Piscis Austrinus. It is a 2 of Grus leads just above star 1 of Indus. ●● bright star in a relatively dark area of the sky (see Figure 35). Form a triangle joining them A line from star 4 of Grus through stars 1 and Star 2 of Indus is a faint star that is on a line between star 1 of Tucana and Peacock.

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