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Rey didn’t know much about celestial cartography or mechanics when he first decided to write books about the night sky. His research took four years, and in 1951, thirty-five years after his first frustrating attempts to find the constellations using his “small astronomy book” on the battlefields of Europe, Rey began to redraw the constellations “my own way.” He experimented, connecting the stars the way children connect the dots to make a drawing. “I made the constellations clearer. I took exactly the same stars and connected them differently,” he once said.To learn more about Rey’s passion for astronomy, see “Hans Rey: The Man Who Illustrated the Heavens,” published in the October issue of Sky & Telescope magazine.