Bibliography and Credits

Patterns in the Sky

Star Data

  • The Bright Star Catalog 5th Revised Ed. (Preliminary Version)
    Hoffleit E.D., Warren Jr. W.H. <Astronomical Data Center, NSSDC/ADC (1991)>

    The Bright Star Catalog is our primary source for star data including coordinates for creating sky charts.

  • Robert Burnham
    Burnham's Celestial Handbook Dover Publications, NY, 1978

    Burnham has been used as a resource primarily for the description of multiple star systems.

  • James B. Kaler
    Stars and Their Spectra Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, NY, New Rochelle, Melbourne, Sydney, 1989

    Kaler provides information on stellar spectral classes.

  • Ian Ridpath, ed.
    Norton's 2000.0 Longman Scientific & Technical, Essex England
    copublished with John Wiley and Sons, NY, 1989

    Norton's is used primarily for the physical parameters for stars of various luminosity and spectral classes. See table 44 on page 141.

  • Hipparcos Catalogue

    Distances for the brighter stars are derived from the parallax data in The Hipparcos Catalogue. Apparent Magnitudes for each star are also derived from this catalog.
    The Hipparcos Mission

Principle Sources for Constellation Mythology

  • Ian Ridpath
    Star Tales, Universe Books, NY, 1988

    We have primarily followed Ridpath in telling the stories of the constellations.

  • Julius D. W. Staal
    The New Patterns in the Sky, Myths and Legends of the Stars, The McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, Blacksburg, Virginia, 1988

    Staal provides a useful supplement to the information given by Ridpath.

Star Names

  • Richard Hinckley Allen
    Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning, Dover Publications Inc, NY, 1963

Copyright © 1998 - 2010 by Arnold V. Lesikar,
Professor Emeritus
Dept. of Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering Science,
St. Cloud State University,St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

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