Resources

Books

Allen, Richard Hinckley, "Star Names. Their Lore and Meaning", New York, 1963: Dover Publications, Inc. Reprint of Allen's 1899 book. Includes much history and mythology of the constellations and stars. Well worth having on your bookshelf. Some derivations of star names are erroneous and should be double-checked, especially those from non-European sources.

Burnham, Robert Jr., "Burnham's Celestial Handbook", New York, 1978: Dover Publications, Inc. Classic guide to stars and deep sky objects for each of the 88 constellations. In three volumes. You can find a short history about Burnham's fascinating albeit somewhat tragic life at:
Phoenix Times - Burnham

Chamberlain, Von Del, "When Stars Came Down to Earth", Los Altos, 1982: Ballena Press. Cosmology of the Skidi Pawnee, a North American Indian tribe. They were great observers of the heavens.

Clerke, Agnes M., "A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century", Decorah, 2003: Sattre Press. Reprint of the 1902 edition. Clerke's thoroughness and writing style makes this a most interesting book to read. Popular History deals with the discoveries and technical aspects of 19th century astronomy, not with constellation lore.

Dekker, Elly, "Globes at Greenwich", New York, 1999: Oxford University Press. Excellent book covering the armillary spheres and globes that are housed in the National Maritime Museum. Includes both terrestrial and celestial globes from the 16th through the 20th centuries.

Fuchs, Jim, "Filling the Sky", Grand Junction, 2003: privately-published. History of the 41 modern official constellations: those created in the 16th - 18th centuries. The classical Greek constellations are only briefly mentioned. Included are constellation figures based on original sources and overlain onto modern star charts. Readers can then easily see how the authors placed their constellations in the sky.

Jobes, Gertrude and James, "Outer Space: Myths, Name Meanings, Calendars", New York, 1964: The Scarecrow Press. Out of print but available through some libraries. Interesting, if somewhat outdated, information.

Krogt, Peter van der, "Globi Neerlandici. The Production of Globes in the Low Countries", Utrecht, 1993: HES Publishers. If you seriously pursue research in early terrestrial and celestial globes this is the book for you. Includes the celestial globes of Hondius and Bleau (the first globes to illustrate the 12 new southern Dutch constellations).

Kunitzsch, Paul, and Tim Smart, "Short Guide to Modern Star Names and Their Derivations", Wiesbaden, 1986: Otto Harrassowitz.
THE source for star names in use today.

Lovi, George, and Wil Tirion, "Men, Monsters, and the Modern Universe", Richmond, 1989: Willmann-Bell, Inc. Mythology, history, astronomy. Includes Tirion's The Bright Star Atlas.

Miller, Dorcas S., "Stars of the First People. Native American Star Myths and Constellations", Boulder, 1997: Pruett Publishing Company.

Sesti, Giuseppe Maria, "The Glorious Constellations", New York, 1991: Harry Abrams, Inc. Wonderfully illustrated book discussing the early history of astronomy and the Ptolemaic constellations. It also describes the 1575 Italian Farnese fresco of the classical constellations.

Staal, Julius D.W., "The New Patterns in the Sky", Blacksburg, 1988: The McDonald and Woodward Publishing Company. Constellation myths from around the world. The author attributes the Plancius/Keyser constellations to Bayer. Enjoyable reading.

Urton, Gary, "At the Crossroads of the Earth and Sky", Austin, 1981: University of Texas Press. Cosmology from the Andes, near Cuzco Peru.

Warner, Deborah, "The Sky Explored. Celestial Cartography 1500-1800", New York, 1979: Alan R. Liss, Inc. A must have for those studying celestial cartography.

Links

Almagest
Almagest catalog courtesy of the Astronomy Corner.

Almagest
"Ptolemy's catalogue of stars: a revision of the Almagest" by Peters and Knobel (1915). Internet Archive book.

Astronomical Photograph of the Day
Great photo site. Check out the archive page.

Cartes du Ciel
Free planetarium program. Great looking stars and prints excellent charts. Takes a little extra effort to learn but well worth it.

Celestial Atlases
Links to online celestial atlases and exhibits.

Cloudy Nights
Reviews of telescopes and binoculars.

Coma Berenices, Vopel Maps
"Caspar Vopel's Ventures in Sixteenth-Century Celestial Cartography", by Elly Dekker. Detailed account of Vopel's new constellation, Coma Berenices, and much more. (2010)

Dark Sky Association
Fight light pollution!

Brera Museo Astronomico
Celestial maps of Doppelmayr, Flamsteed, and Hevelius.

Galileo Timeline
Galileo's life - year by year.

The Golden Age of the Celestial Atlas.
Exhibit of many early celestial atlases from the Linda Hall Library.

History of Astronomy.
R.H. van Gent's website that includes some celestial cartography links as well as detailed research.

Heavens Above
Satellite, ISS, etc., tracking information.

How Many Stars
The number of stars in the sky per magnitude and a whole lot more.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Space exploration site.

MyStars!, version 2.7 by David Patte.
Nice user interface on this shareware planetarium program.

Planets
Lots of information about the sun, planets, and moons.

Rare Books and Glass Plates
Photos of Bayer's Uranometria and works of other astronomers.

Sky and Telescope
The magazine's website.

NASA Science Missions
Past, current, and future space missions of NASA.

Star Tales
Ian Ridpath's popular constellation book is now on the web.

Starry Night Photography
Astronomy photos from New Zealand.

Stellar Scenes
Constellation and deep sky photos from Japan.

Stellarium
Free program with a very pleasant and realistic display of the day and night sky.