Astronomy magazine releases digital star atlas
Published: November 23, 2010
|WAUKESHA, Wis. -- Astronomy magazine launches into the digital-publication frontier with its new product Atlas of the Stars, digital edition. |
Atlas of the Stars, digital edition, adds zoom, videos, audio links, and search to the articles and detailed sky maps contained in the product’s sold-out print edition. The atlas’ 24 maps chart the locations of 87,000 observable stars. Like a road map to the universe, the maps help backyard astronomers find their way to hard-to-find cosmic destinations. The digital edition’s interactive features help observers zoom in to specific targets and get familiar with the target’s stellar neighborhoods. Links within the maps allow readers to navigate instantly to maps of nearby regions.
“This is the best, most colorful, easiest to use star atlas there is, now made even more powerful by the convenience of digital delivery,” said David J. Eicher, Astronomy editor.
Atlas of the Stars’ videos feature Astronomy magazine editors explaining how to observe the variety of objects charted in the maps like star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. The digital edition’s audio links help readers learn the correct pronunciations for the 88 constellations.
Customers that order the product get instant access on their PC or Mac computer, as well as an iPad or mobile device. Readers can download the Atlas of the Stars, digital edition, for offline viewing, too.
Astronomy magazine Senior Editor Michael E. Bakich demonstrates the features of Atlas of the Stars, digital edition, in this video.
Astronomy magazine worked with Nxtbook Media on the new product.
Kalmbach Publishing Co. of Waukesha, Wis., produces Astronomy magazine.