Astronomical Mythology

Top Recommendation

book cover

Staal, Julius D. W.: The New Patterns in the Sky: Myths and Legends of the Stars

This eclectic mix of legends is usually my first port of call when I am looking for a new story about the night sky. The legends of all 88 modern constellations, from sources as diverse as northern Europe, central America and Melanesia, are arranged seasonally.

See this book at amazon.co.uk  
See this book at amazon.com    




book cover

Author: Star Names: Their Lore and Their Meaning

Constellation by constellation (pre 1922, so it includes the now-defunct ancient constellations), the etymology of the names of the stars is brought to light, along with indications on the lore associated with them. Marvellous book!

See this book at amazon.co.uk  
See this book at amazon.com    



book cover

Ridpath, Ian: Star Tales

The mythological tales behind the constellations that we recognise today. An easy read, and a good "dip-in" book, written by a respected astronomy author.

See this book at amazon.co.uk  
See this book at amazon.com