View Full Version : Constellation Mythology

2004-Nov-26, 04:08 AM
Could someone point me toward a good mythology website. I love the ancient stories of the constellations. A good website with drawings of the constellations would be excellent. Thanks in advance,


2004-Nov-26, 04:17 AM
Try here (http://domeofthesky.com/clicks/constlist.html). (More links here (http://departments.weber.edu/physics/palen/planet/references.html))

Paul Beardsley
2004-Nov-26, 09:07 AM
Not a website, but...

When I first got into astronomy (in the mid 1970s) I read The Observer Book Of Astronomy by Patrick Moore. That gave a very good potted account of who did what - Sir Patrick even dealt with discrepancies (such as the two conflicting versions of how Orion died).

Later, when I studied Greek myths at school (and later college), I felt as if I knew most of the characters personally.

Also worth checking out is Ovid's Metamorphoses. I've only read bits of this but it looks like a very easy read - loads of myths in a single fun volume.

2004-Dec-04, 03:48 PM
When I first got into astronomy (in the mid 1970s) I read The Observer Book Of Astronomy by Patrick Moore.
Me too! (Fifth Revised Edition 1974.) And I've still got it here beside me! 8)

Disinfo Agent
2004-Dec-04, 08:00 PM
I like Carlos Parada's Greek Mythology Link (http://homepage.mac.com/cparada/GML/CONSTELLATIONS.html) website.

[Edited for better link.]

Paul Beardsley
2004-Dec-04, 08:02 PM
Me too! (Fifth Revised Edition 1974.) And I've still got it here beside me! 8)

I still have mine because Patrick (as Sir Patrick was known in those days) signed it for me.

Cue anecdote:

I was coming up to my thirteenth birthday (4 April 1976) and my mother thought she'd arrange a nice surprise for me. She wrote to Patrick Moore (who lived about half an hour's drive away from where we lived), telling him about my interest, and asked if we could visit him some time.

In those days, my older brother Alan was inclined to play tricks on our mother. He used to phone her up and disguise his voice, and pretend to be from the local council (or whatever) telling her she hadn't applied for permission for recent building work on her house (or whatever). She used to fall for it every time - she'd say, "We haven't had any work on the house!" and Alan would calmly say, "I'm sorry Mrs Beardsley but according to our records you had an extension in October..." and she'd lose her temper then Alan would laugh and she'd realise she'd been caught out once again...

Anyway, a few days after Mum had written the letter, she got a phonecall. The voice at the other end said, "Hello Mrs Beardsley, this is Patrick Moore here."

So Mum, knowing Alan was in on the planned surprise, said, "Oh yeah?" The voice at the other end said, "Thank you for your letter. You'd all be very welcome to come round..." And my Mum's going, "Yeah, right," in a really casual, dismissive tone. The voice went on to suggest a good time to come round, and suddenly Mum realised, with horror, this is not Alan messing around, this really is Patrick Moore!

As it turned out, we were guests at his house on my birthday, and he was a superb host. He showed us some fantastic views from his garden observatory, and seemed disappointed when we eventually had to go home.

2004-Dec-04, 10:53 PM
Alan Chapman's Gods in The Sky (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0752261649/qid=1102200077/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl/026-7966071-7540440) to go with the Channel 4 series that was on earlier in the year

This is another suggestion (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0521544157/qid=1102200693/sr=1-10/ref=sr_1_11_10/026-7966071-7540440)

See this link (http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=16022) for other ideas

Ian R
2004-Dec-05, 03:07 AM
Great anecdote Paul! =D> Have you picked up a copy of Sir Patrick's autobiography yet? It's a very good read.

2004-Dec-06, 07:23 PM

One book I have used for a number of years is R. H. Allen's "Star Names; Their Lore and Meaning". Published by Dover.



Matt McIrvin
2004-Dec-08, 02:07 PM
Patrick Moore plays the xylophone. (http://www.weebls-stuff.com/toons/20/)