The Star Atlas Companion

What you need to know about the Constellations

  • Philip M.¬†Bagnall

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Popular Astronomy book sub series (POPULAR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Philip M. Bagnall
    Pages 1-2
  3. Philip M. Bagnall
    Pages 3-18
  4. Philip M. Bagnall
    Pages 19-472
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 473-486

About this book


The Star Atlas Companion is the ideal companion to any star atlas, as it is the first book to provide a true perspective on the characteristics and distances of over 1,100 stars and their movement through space. With the aid of scale diagrams, the reader can grasp difficult-to-understand concepts such as how far apart stars really are, their relative sizes, how fast they spin and their shapes, and how the constellation patterns change over time. This book:

- describes many stars visible to the naked eye in both the northern and southern hemispheres;

- explains binary and multiple star systems in detail;

- gives the properties of many open clusters;

- enables a true appreciation of the scale of our galactic neighborhood


Absolute magnitude of stars How to use star atlases Overview of constellations Star colors Star magnitudes Stellar classification Understanding the night sky constellation dynamics

Authors and affiliations

  • Philip M.¬†Bagnall
    • 1
  1. 1.Wallsend, Tyne and WearUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-0829-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-0830-7
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