‘Watch the stars, and from them learn,’ said Albert Einstein. But where do you start? There are thousands of them up there. Fortunately, a small handful of stars just love to hog the limelight. Either by virtue of their proximity, their brightness, or their odd behaviour, they have drawn astronomers' attention again and again, providing key evidence for our understanding of the heavens. The tales of these celestial superstars will unlock the cosmos for the curious, the busy and the bewildered.
Author: Sparrow, Giles