Books by Philip S. Harrington

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Astronomy For All Ages

The Deep Sky: An Introduction


The Illustrated Timeline of the Universe

The Space Shuttle

Star Ware, 4th edition

Star Watch

Touring the Universe Through Binoculars


Touring the Universe Through Binoculars

Chapter 7.  

A Survey of the Night Sky
Topics covered Chapter notes Recommended reading



Topics covered

  • A complete survey of the entire binocular sky, listing more than 1,100 objects visible through binoculars large and small.  Over 400 are described in detail.


Chapter 7 notes

  • Page 99: Camelopardalis.  The asterism that I dubiously list as "Harrington 3" in the book is far better known as "Kemble's Cascade," after the later Father Lucian Kemble, who first happened upon it in the 1980's.  Father Kemble, a member of the Order of Franciscan Monks, was a talented amateur astronomer from Saskatchewan and a genuinely fine human being.  I had the great pleasure of corresponding with "Lamplighter," as he was known to friends, numerous times prior to his death in February 1999.

  • Page 237: Taurus.  Under the discussion of the Pleiades (M45), the book notes that the surrounding reflection nebulosity is the leftover remains of the cloud that begat the stars themselves.  Subsequent studies, however, have concluded that these clouds are an independent phenomenon that just happens to be passing through the same area of space at this time.

  • Page 258-259: Vulpecula.  For years, Collinder 399, more popularly known as the Coathanger, was considered a bona fide open star cluster.  It certainly appears that way.  Recent data gather by the European Space Agency's Hipparchos satellite, however, suggest that this is not a true cluster at all, but rather just a chance alignment of random stars that lie anywhere from 220 to 1,100 light years away.

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