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For anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and longed to know more about the constellations that inhabit it then this is the perfect guide to discovering the stars. Written in the Stars will lead you through the heavens above as you discover the scientific facts, legends, and myths that surround the 88 constellations of the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Uncove For anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and longed to know more about the constellations that inhabit it then this is the perfect guide to discovering the stars. Written in the Stars will lead you through the heavens above as you discover the scientific facts, legends, and myths that surround the 88 constellations of the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Uncover the patterns in the stars through the richly illustrated pages of this charming book as each entry brings each constellation to life in the magical artwork of this book. Beautifully packaged, stars are included throughout along with key information of where to spot each constellation in the night sky to help you to identify the celestial bodies above us. Visually stunning, Written in the Stars captures the beauty of the stars and is the perfect gift for novice stargazers and armchair astronomers alike.


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For anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and longed to know more about the constellations that inhabit it then this is the perfect guide to discovering the stars. Written in the Stars will lead you through the heavens above as you discover the scientific facts, legends, and myths that surround the 88 constellations of the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Uncove For anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and longed to know more about the constellations that inhabit it then this is the perfect guide to discovering the stars. Written in the Stars will lead you through the heavens above as you discover the scientific facts, legends, and myths that surround the 88 constellations of the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Uncover the patterns in the stars through the richly illustrated pages of this charming book as each entry brings each constellation to life in the magical artwork of this book. Beautifully packaged, stars are included throughout along with key information of where to spot each constellation in the night sky to help you to identify the celestial bodies above us. Visually stunning, Written in the Stars captures the beauty of the stars and is the perfect gift for novice stargazers and armchair astronomers alike.

30 review for Written in the Stars: Constellations, Facts and Folklore for the Armchair Astronomer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Arimo

    A simple and interesting collection of myths behind the constellations of the sky. Instead of a very deep analysis, expect lightweight snippets that mainly focus on Greek and Roman mythology. The book doesn't really help finding the constellation of the sky and it's not on the same level as HA Rey's stargazing books, but it's still okay. This book is supposed to be checked every now and then. If you read it from cover to cover like I did, you will find issues with the structure: all the most inte A simple and interesting collection of myths behind the constellations of the sky. Instead of a very deep analysis, expect lightweight snippets that mainly focus on Greek and Roman mythology. The book doesn't really help finding the constellation of the sky and it's not on the same level as HA Rey's stargazing books, but it's still okay. This book is supposed to be checked every now and then. If you read it from cover to cover like I did, you will find issues with the structure: all the most interesting constellations are explained in the beginning, and the last chapters are focused on unremarkable, newer constellations with less mythology behind them. Otherwise the book is "ok" (2 stars), but I'm giving the Finnish localisation an extra star. The Finnish version adds a few sentences about Finnish myths and also tells wether or not the constellations are visible in the northern latitudes.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cherith

    I know I'm not supposed to judge a book by its cover but good grief this is a pretty book! Full of delightful myths and interesting facts this is a charming little book. The illustrations are gorgeous and there is information on when best to view constellations, from which hemisphere and the names of the individual stars that make up the constellations. I really loved it and it has inspired me to start star gazing. I know I'm not supposed to judge a book by its cover but good grief this is a pretty book! Full of delightful myths and interesting facts this is a charming little book. The illustrations are gorgeous and there is information on when best to view constellations, from which hemisphere and the names of the individual stars that make up the constellations. I really loved it and it has inspired me to start star gazing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katie Daniels

    I loved this book except for the part where the author said "Aphrodite and Cupid." It includes the names of the stars in the constellations which is AWESOME but it isn't very helpful for actually finding them constellations in the night sky. However, it makes a great companion for any decent sky map and provides the stories behind every one of the 88 official constellations. I loved this book except for the part where the author said "Aphrodite and Cupid." It includes the names of the stars in the constellations which is AWESOME but it isn't very helpful for actually finding them constellations in the night sky. However, it makes a great companion for any decent sky map and provides the stories behind every one of the 88 official constellations.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ABCme

    Gorgeous illustrations with a short story for each constellation. It has a Contents, a Monthly Guide and a list of Gods and Goddesses. The only thing missing is an alphabetical list: when you search for a particular constellation, you have to go through the whole book, unless you know which group it's in. I use this beauty with my Compendium of Constellations cards. Gorgeous illustrations with a short story for each constellation. It has a Contents, a Monthly Guide and a list of Gods and Goddesses. The only thing missing is an alphabetical list: when you search for a particular constellation, you have to go through the whole book, unless you know which group it's in. I use this beauty with my Compendium of Constellations cards.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Janika Puolitaival

    Mukavasti tietoa tähtitaivaan myyttien takana. Plussaa siitä, että suomennokseen lisätty tähtikuvioiden näkyvyys Suomessa, huolellista työtä.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    This looks very pretty sitting on a table or shelf but it isn’t all that informative. It’s more of a mythology primer than a guide to constellations; the illustrations with each are cute, but they don’t include the actual constellation in the image, which is disappointing. Instead constellations are drawn out on a single spread at the beginning of each section (grouped by story, and not necessarily by position in the sky? There is no real context so it’s unclear) Show me how the ancients decided This looks very pretty sitting on a table or shelf but it isn’t all that informative. It’s more of a mythology primer than a guide to constellations; the illustrations with each are cute, but they don’t include the actual constellation in the image, which is disappointing. Instead constellations are drawn out on a single spread at the beginning of each section (grouped by story, and not necessarily by position in the sky? There is no real context so it’s unclear) Show me how the ancients decided this group of stars looked like a great bear, for example! Show the stars’ names within the constellation instead of just listing them out with no context! This book is very general, just touching on each of the ancient myths attached to each constellation with a single paragraph or less. No real details or in-depth stories. It’s almost exclusively Euro-centric, most of the stories are based in Greek origins or made by other European stargazers. A few other cultures, mainly Babylonian/Sumerian, and very occasionally Native American tribes get a passing mention but this only seems to be when these other traditions happen to line up with the established Greek story. Overall a kind of dry and shallow primer, made for aesthetics. I may come back to this one but I actually couldn’t make it cover to cover. If you are looking for actual constellation guides/info/maps, this is not the book for you.

  7. 4 out of 5

    john​​​ ♡

    The book is beautiful and an entertaining read if you’re interested in astronomy and the stories that lay beneath constellations. The illustrations are gorgeous and make the reading well-worth it. The book includes a guide to seeing constellations and a long bibliography with tons of resources to learn more about constellations and astronomy, as well as apps! There were many misprints and some mistakes in my edition, though, which made it less enjoyable than I would’ve liked it to be. Still, it’s The book is beautiful and an entertaining read if you’re interested in astronomy and the stories that lay beneath constellations. The illustrations are gorgeous and make the reading well-worth it. The book includes a guide to seeing constellations and a long bibliography with tons of resources to learn more about constellations and astronomy, as well as apps! There were many misprints and some mistakes in my edition, though, which made it less enjoyable than I would’ve liked it to be. Still, it’s on my favs shelf because it’s a very calming and relaxing book, as well as a beautiful piece of art.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emily Schmidt

    Great design. Beautiful illustrations! This is literally one of the prettiest books I own and it’s just lovely. Some of the information is repetitive and the coordinates they offer for where to look for certain constellations is vague, but otherwise the book would make an excellent gift for young and old stargazers and modern mystics who want to know the stories behind the names and shapes of constellations.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    wasn't a fan and didn't end up finishing this book. the folklore/myths are quick summaries and lack any of the more interesting details. there aren't really maps of the night sky or anything super interesting to draw you in. very much a book meant for someone that is passively interested. if you're someone like me and you love myths then you're going to want something a little more in depth than what this provides. wasn't a fan and didn't end up finishing this book. the folklore/myths are quick summaries and lack any of the more interesting details. there aren't really maps of the night sky or anything super interesting to draw you in. very much a book meant for someone that is passively interested. if you're someone like me and you love myths then you're going to want something a little more in depth than what this provides.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This book is beautiful to look at but ultimately disappointing. It only contains rudimentary information about the folklore and mythology surrounding each constellation and does not include accurate maps representing their places in the sky. Though the drawings are very lovely and I liked that it listed the brightest stars in each constellation, there were many grammatical and typesetting errors that spoiled the overall effect.

  11. 5 out of 5

    ReadingSloph

    I enjoyed this book a great deal. I thought the artwork was really good, I liked the information given about when are where to see the constellations and I really enjoyed the lore around them. I am a fan of Greek mythology and so I loved knowing who was behind some of the most well known constellations and the stories behind them, and I also like learning about other constellations that I don't know so well due to the fact I've never been south of the equator. I enjoyed this book a great deal. I thought the artwork was really good, I liked the information given about when are where to see the constellations and I really enjoyed the lore around them. I am a fan of Greek mythology and so I loved knowing who was behind some of the most well known constellations and the stories behind them, and I also like learning about other constellations that I don't know so well due to the fact I've never been south of the equator.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Such a beautiful book, all blues and creams and silvers. Each constellation is only given a tiny paragraph per page to highlight the myths and history behind it. Sadly, I noticed a handful of grammatical errors ranging from spelling errors to odd spacing in the middle of a word to two instances where the meaning of the constellation's name was a repeat of it's location in the sky. Such a beautiful book, all blues and creams and silvers. Each constellation is only given a tiny paragraph per page to highlight the myths and history behind it. Sadly, I noticed a handful of grammatical errors ranging from spelling errors to odd spacing in the middle of a word to two instances where the meaning of the constellation's name was a repeat of it's location in the sky.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Miss K

    A lovely collection of short writings about constellations and the myths and stories connected to their names, as well as the history of science and astronomy. I loved the artwork, too.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tapani Aulu

    Lyhyt hakuteos tähtikuvioiden historiasta. Jokaisesta kuviosta kerrotaan pieni tausta, tärkeät tähdet, sijainti taivaalla ja näkyvyys Suomessa.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ella

    Enjoyed the book. I liked learning about the Greek mythology and genera background to the constellations.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Tursi

    a beautiful book written in a simple language that talk about the most important constellations, their stars, their forms in the sky and their history

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Riley

    Lovely book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Helena

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shanta Deva

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cari Randa

  21. 4 out of 5

    George Cook

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessika

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dan

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kate Rosendale

  25. 5 out of 5

    Johanna

  26. 5 out of 5

    Eveliina

  27. 5 out of 5

    jess

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vincent Arnheim

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jo Law

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shawn

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