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  • Chet Raymo, 365 Starry Nights

    Short introductions to the night sky in astronomy, literature and mythology for every night of the year.  Use an app like StarWalk or SkySafari to find the constellations outside at night, but use this book to take your first steps to learn about them.  It is an ideal family read-aloud, appropriate for a variety of ages, year after year, or use it as a supplement to an astronomy textbook to rekindle a sense of wonder at the universe.

    Here at The Sky Tonight, many of our Constellation pages are keyed to Raymo's 365 Starry Nights.

    The simplicity of 365 Starry Nights is also its virtue.  It is organized only according to day and month of the year.  

    The following index of constellations will aid in navigation for quick reference.

  • Allen, Star Names

    This work by Allen is a true classic, still the essential starting point for investigation of skylore.  Each IAU Constellation page at this website links to the corresponding chapter at Google Books.  The Table of Contents at Google Books does not indicate constellations names, so use the table of contents below instead.

    Allen wrote Star Names before the 1922 standardization of the boundaries of 88 constellations by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).  Therefore Allen discussed a number of historic constellations not officially recognized today, which are listed separately in the right column below.  In addition, Allen discussed some of the IAU constellations, such as Pictor and Volans, under different names.  Links are to the first Google Books page of Allen's discussion for any given constellation.

    IAU Constellation Index

    1. And:  31-40
    2. Ant:  42-43
    3. Aps: 43-45
    4. Aqr:  45-55
    5. Aql:  55-61
    6. Ara:  61-64
    7. Ari:  75-83
    8. Aur:  83-92
    9. Boo: 92-106
    10. Cae:  106
    11. Cam:  106-107
    12. Cnc:  107-114
    13. CVn:  114-117
    14. CMa:  117-131
    15. CMi:  131-135
    16. Cap:  135-142
    17. Car:  Argo Navis, 64-75
    18. Cas:  142-148
    19. Cen:  148-155
    20. Cep:  155-159
    21. Cet:  160-165
    22. Cha:  165-166
    23. Cir:  166
    24. Col:  166-168
    25. Com:  168-172
    26. CrA:  172-174
    27. CrB:  174-179
    28. Crv:  179-182
    29. Crt:  182-184
    30. Cru:  184-191
    31. Cyg:  192-198
    32. Del:  198-201
    33. Dor:  201-202
    34. Dra:  202-212
    35. Equ:  212-214
    36. Eri:  215-220
    37. For:  221
    38. Gem:  222-237
    39. Gru:  237-238
    40. Her:  238-246
    41. Hor:  246
    42. Hya:  246-250
    43. Hyi:  250
    44. Ind:  250-251
    45. Lac:  251
    46. Leo:  252-263
    47. LMi:  263-264
    48. Lep:  264-269
    49. Lib:  269-278
    50. Lup:  278-279
    51. Lyn:  279-280
    52. Lyr:  280-288
    53. Mic:  289
    54. Mon:  289-290
    55. Men:  291
    56. Mus:  291
    57. Nor:  293-294
    58. Oct:  296-297
    59. Oph:  297-303
    60. Ori:  303-320
    61. Pav:  320-321
    62. Peg:  321-329
    63. Per:  329-335
    64. Phe:  335-336
    65. Pic:  214-215
    66. Psc:  336-343
    67. PsA:  344-347
    68. Pup: Argo Navis, 64-75
    69. Pyx:  348
    70. Ret:  348-349
    71. Sge:  349-351
    72. Sgr:  351-360
    73. Sco:  360-372
    74. Scl:  372
    75. Sct:  373-374
    76. Ser:  374-376
    77. Sex:  376-377
    78. Tau:  378-413
      1. Hyades, 386-391
      2. Pleiades, 391-413
    79. Tel:  414
    80. Tri:  414-416
    81. TrA:  417
    82. Tuc:  417-418
    83. UMa:  419-447
    84. UMi:  447-460
    85. Vel:  Argo Navis, 64-75
    86. Vir:  460-473
    87. Vol:  347
    88. Vul:  473-474

     

    Asterisms (accepted as constellations by Allen)

    • Antinous: 40-42
    • Argo Navis:  64-75
    • Cerberus:  159-160
    • Custos Messium the Harvest-Keeper:  191-192
    • Felis the Cat:  220-221
    • Frederici Honores:  221-222
    • Globus Aerostaticus vel Aetherius the Balloon:  237
    • Machina Electrica:  289
    • Mons Maenalus:  290-291
    • Musca Borealis:  292
    • Noctua:  292-293
    • Nubeculae Magellani:  294-295
      • Nubecula Major:  295
      • Nubecula Minor:  295
    • Officina Typographica the Printing Press:  297
    • Psalterium Georgii the Harp of King George:  347-348
    • Quadrans Muralis the Mural Quadrant:  348
    • Robur Carolinum the Tree of King Charles:  349
    • Sceptrum Brandenburgicum the Brandenburg Scepter:  360
    • Solarium the Sundial:  377
    • Tarandus vel Rangifer the Reindeer:  377-378
    • Taurus Poniatonii the Bull of Poniatowski:  413-414
    • Telescopium Herschelii:  414
    • Triangulum Minor:  417
    • Turdus Solitarius the Solitary Thrush:  418

     

    Next steps:

    • For advanced scholarship, see A Dictionary of Modern Star Names, by Kunitzsch and Smart.
    • For a recent, accessible overview of skylore, see The New Patterns in the Sky, by Staal.
  • Ashworth, Out of This World

    There is no better first entry into the history of celestial atlases than this online exhibition and its companion printed catalogs (Out of This World and Further Out).  That is why each Source page on this Sky Tonight website links to the corresponding section of the Out of This World website to facilitate ease of consultation and reference.  Curl up on a couch or in your favorite reading nook for an evening to immerse yourself in this exhibition!