A Field Book of the Stars

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G.P. Putnam's sons, 1907 - Astronomy - 163 pages

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Page 44 - It varies from the second to the fourth magnitude in about three and one^half hours, and back again in the same time, after which it remains steadily brilliant for two and three-quarters days, when the same change recurs.
Page 22 - It may be easily distinguished by the position and splendor of its principle star, Arcturus, which shines with a reddish luster, Tery much resembling that of the planet Mars.
Page 94 - This zone may be traced in the heavens as follows : Beginning near the northern quarter of the heavens, at the head of Cepheus, or about 30 from the north pole, we may trace it through Cassiopeia, Perseus, Auriga, part of Orion, and the feet of Gemini. At this last point it crosses the Zodiac, and, proceeding southward across the equinoctial into the southern hemisphere, it passes through the Unicorn and the middle of the ship, Argo where it is most luminous. It then passes through Charles's Oak,...
Page 50 - B. c., when near the winter solstice, and a Royal Star, one of the four Guardians of Heaven, sentinels watching over other stars; while about 500 B.
Page 22 - The components of $ were observed by Burnham in 1879, o".3 apart, at a position angle of 2J2.4. NGC1 224, or 31 M.,2 the Great Nebula, the Queen of the Nebulae, just northwest of the star v, is said to have been known as far back as AD 905 ; was described by Al Sufi as the Little Cloud before 986; and appeared on a Dutch star-map of 1500.
Page 72 - Phaet, the principal star, lies on the right and is the*highest of the two ; Beta may be known by means of a smaller star just east of it, marked Gamma. A line drawn from the easternmost star in the belt of Orion, 32o directly south, will point out Phaet; it is also 11^o S.
Page 16 - Scorpio is famous as the region of the sky where have appeared many of the brilliant temporary stars...

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