Wonders of the Night Sky – Zigel

In this post, we will see the book Wonders of the Night Sky by F. Zigel.

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About the book

This is a book about astronomical observations of the night sky. At an elementary level it tells about unusual stars, star clusters and nebulae. There are stories of how the constellations originated, and the sights of each one arc explained. In short, this is a beginner’s guide to the constellations. It is an observational ’guide so that reading the text should always be accompanied by night-time observations of the starry sky. (From the front jacket.)

About the author

The author, Felix Zigel, is a Candidate of Physico-Mathematical Sciences. He graduated from Moscow University in 1942 and received his Candidate Degree in astronomy in 1948 at the USSR Academy of Sciences.

Since 1943 he has been teaching higher mathematics and astronomy at a number of higher educational institutions. At present he is Associate Professor at the Moscow Aviation Institute.

Since 1948 F. Zigel has written a dozen popular science books and over a hundred essays and articles on astronomy and the exploration of space, including “The Mystery of Mars”, “The Young Astronomer”, “The Mysteries of the Universe”, “The Stars Lead to Infinity”, “Radio Waves from the Cosmos”, and others.

F. Zigel has, over the years, successfully combined teaching and writing with research in the field of astronomy.

The book was translated from the Russian by George Yankovsky and was published by Mir in 1968.

The Internet Archive Links

Link 1 (Cleaned copy, grayscale, bookmarked)

Link 2 (original source from which the cleaned copy above was created, this is partially cleaned with colour images, credits to @ishwar_ashram_trust)

Link 3 Link 4 (not so clean BW copies, credits to the original uploader and guptaji)

CONTENTS

WHY KNOW THE CONSTELLATIONS 7

THE NAMES OF THE CONSTELLATIONS 9

A GENERAL SURVEY OF THE NIGHT SKY 15

HOW TO STUDY THE CONSTELLATIONS 33

WHERE AND WHEN? 49

THE CIRCUMPOLAR CONSTELLATIONS 66

CONSTELLATIONS OF THE AUTUMN SKY 94

CONSTELLATIONS OF THE WINTER SKY 118

CONSTELLATIONS OF THE SPRING SKY 146

CONSTELLATIONS OF THE SUMMER SKY 160

THE NIGHT SKY OF ANTARCTICA 190

THE MILKY WAY AND THE ZODIAC 196

APPENDICES 200

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