Book of the Month
February 2017

3-D Star Maps by Richard Monkhouse and John Cox

When one gazes at the celestial vault in all its splendour, perhaps it is not readily apparent that the panoply of stars represents a significant range of stellar distances. A faint 5th magnitude star could be only tens of light years away; a blazing 1st magnitude star may be hundreds of light years distant. An effective way of comparing the distances of stars and deep sky objects is by using 3-D diagrams, which is just what Richard Monkhouse and John Cox accomplished in their book 3-D Star Maps. The book presents pairs of annotated maps with corresponding 3-D maps of every part of the sky. Put on the included 3-D glasses and gasp as your favourite constellations become contorted versions of their familiar two-dimensional selves. The book starts off with in-depth explanations of star colours, how distances are measured, and the various deep sky objects, which are also featured on dedicated 3-D maps.

Check out this book and hundreds of other books, at The Lamplighter Memorial Library, just off the entrance to the star theater.

Mark Zalcik