Stories about stars and constellations
Stories in the Stars: An Atlas of Constellations by Susanna HislopTravel the night sky and discover the stories in the stars.
Look up: above us is a jet-black canvas pricked with white dots, and a carnival of animals, mythical creatures, gods and goddesses in its shining constellations.
Here, Susanna Hislop – writer and stargazer – and Hannah Waldron – international artist – leap between centuries, cultures and traditions to present a whole universe of stories in all their blazing glory.
Stories in the Stars is an imaginative and whimsical exploration of each of the night sky’s 88 constellations: a playful and stunningly illustrated compendium.
The Universe: The Constellations - History
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A Tale of Two Stars: The Inside Story of Orion's Belt
Standing upright and shining down upon Earth on these midwinter nights is the brightest and grandest of all the constellations: Orion, the Mighty Hunter. Currently, Orion can be easily seen by skywatchers with clear weather as a star pattern standing high in the southern sky at around 8 p. Three bright stars in line in the middle of a bright rectangle decorate Orion's belt , which points northward to the clusters of the Hyades and Pleiades of Taurus, and southward to the Dog Star, Sirius. Above and below the belt, we also find two immense stars, Rigel and Betelgeuse. Rigel the "Left Leg of the Giant" , is a blue-white supergiant star, one of the rarest breeds in our galaxy.
Observing the night sky is one of the oldest pastimes in human cultures. It likely goes back to the earliest human ancestors who began to use the sky for navigation. They noticed the backdrop of stars and charted how they changed over the year. In time, they began to tell tales about them, using the familiar look of some patterns to tell of gods, goddesses, heroes, princesses, and fantastic beasts. In modern times, people have many options for night-time activities that compete with the free stargazing of the past.
Once upon, there was a unicorn, a phoenix and a centaur. They all have long had something in common… their names grace three of the total 88 constellations, which were specified in by the International Astronomical Union. But how did these constellations come to be? From Earth, the bright stars in the sky create shapes and pictures, although each celestial body are found are various distances to our planet. This purely two dimensional measurement of the night sky is called spherical astronomy, which especially in terms of constellations of stars are designated asterisms. Spread all over the world, the night sky has served as an all-important orientation aid for various cultures since the early stone age. Throughout the year, the ever-returning constellations helped determine the points in time in harvest and sowing.