The New Patterns in the Sky
Myths and Legends of the Stars
By (author) Julius D.W. Staal
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New Patterns in the Sky by Julius D.W. Staal
Book DescriptionThis is a modern classic in the literature of sky lore -- a comprehensive collection of myths, legends, and historical notes about each of the 88 constellations and the sun, moon, Milky Way, and shooting stars. Star maps depict the constellations with outline figures. Written for the non-specialist and widely respected by professional planetarians, this book provides a substantive review of the familiar star lore of classical Southwest Asian and Mediterranean civilisations as well as that of ancient China, South Asia, and traditional societies of northern Eurasia, North and South America, the Pacific Islands, and Australasia. This is one of the must-have books that should be in the library of every enthusiast of mankind's enchantment with the night sky.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780939923045
(155mm x 230mm x 18mm)
Imprint: McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, US
Publisher: McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, US
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1988
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Julius D.W. Staal
Julius D W Staal was born in Batavia, Netherlands East Indies, in 1917 and began his work in planetariums in The Hague, Netherlands. He left the Netherlands during World War II, became a British citizen, worked in the London Planetarium, and was accepted as a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, London. In 1960, he joined the staff of the Planetarium of Witswatersrand and the faculty of the University of Rhodesia. Subsequent travels took him back to England, then to the United States, where he open planetariums in New Orleans, Louisiana; Atlanta, Georgia; and Decatur, Georgia. He passed away in July, 1986.
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