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Pisces - the fishes

The Autumn constellation of Pisces is a good example of how a group of stars can get a name without being a connect-the-dots sort of thing. It appears to have been started in ancient Mesopotamia by astronomers in the easternmost region of the fertile crescent, or in biblical terms, the Whores of Babylon. Ancient Babylon, which today more or less represents the high-rent part of Iraq, was wedged in between the Tigris…See More
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Piscis Austrinus - the southern fish

The autumn sky includes the constellation of Piscis Austrinus, which is currently distinguished from neighboring Pisces Not-Austrinus with the convenient moniker Austrinus which means "Southern." At one time many folks referred to these stars as being "The Great Fish" as opposed to being a "Not-So-Great Fish" I guess. The stars of Piscis Austrinus are pretty easy to find. Just look below and to the right of the…See More
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Puppis - the stern

The constellation Puppis is part of a whole group of constellations that represents various parts of the good ship Argo, made famous by its crew, Jason and the Argonauts. These particular stars are the ass end of that ship, i.e. the poop deck. Although the poop deck is in back, it isn't actually where sailors poop (excuse my french). That happens at the front end of the ship, the "head" which is why you may have…See More
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Pyxis - the compass box

Pyxis is a constellation in the southern sky that honors the mariner's compass. Short of the Internet itself, few things have shrunk our world like a free-floating magnetized needle. The constellation is basically just three stars in a line and over the centuries star maps have shown it as various things, usually something nautical because it's near the stars of the good ship Argo. For example it has been called "the…See More
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Reticulum - the net

The stars in the constellation Reticulum represent the tiny network of lines in a certain type of telescope eyepiece. They are usually etched into a lens element and are akin to the cross-hairs in a rifle scope. In this case they are not only used for aiming, but also for measuring angular separations, and in modern times for guiding the telescope during long exposure photography. The constellation was named by…See More
Nov 6
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Sagitta - the arrow

Sagitta is a tiny constellation whose dots actually connect to make an arrow, complete with fletching feathers. It's one of the older names for a group of stars but then the bow and arrow as a weapon goes way back, probably invented more than 60,000 years ago. So the constellation must have been named sometime after that. Ptolemy included it on his maps 2000 years ago.…See More
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Belle Rose commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Sagittarius - the archer'
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Sagittarius - the archer

The constellation known as Sagittarius is a centaur. Do not confuse it with Centaurus. We have two centaurs in the sky and this one wants to be associated with the fine sport of archery. So ignore the legs and focus on the bow. The name associated with these stars goes way back. It's one we got from Ptolemy's maps but it was a Babylonian thing before that. It was a centaur then also and had the bow thing going on as…See More
Oct 22
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Scorpius - the scorpion

The summer sky is dominated by a constellation named Scorpius, the scorpion. It has lots of bright stars in a long swooping curved shape like a fish hook. The brightest star in the line-up is a huge red one smack dab in the heart of the beast, named Antares. The scorpion is formidable. He's hard to miss. Like all the groups along the yearly path of the sun, Scorpius has spawned lots of entertaining starlore. Many…See More
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Pisces - the fishes

Posted on December 3, 2016 at 2:07pm 1 Comment

gofish The Autumn constellation of Pisces is a good example of how a group of stars can get a name without being a connect-the-dots sort of thing. It appears to have been started in ancient Mesopotamia by astronomers in the easternmost region of the fertile crescent, or in biblical…
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Piscis Austrinus - the southern fish

Posted on November 27, 2016 at 12:40am 0 Comments

zatarains The autumn sky includes the constellation of Piscis Austrinus, which is currently distinguished from neighboring Pisces Not-Austrinus with the convenient moniker Austrinus which means "Southern." At one time many folks referred to these stars as being "The Great Fish" as…
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Puppis - the stern

Posted on November 20, 2016 at 12:47pm 1 Comment

poopdeck2 The constellation Puppis is part of a whole group of constellations that represents various parts of the good ship Argo, made famous by its crew, Jason and the Argonauts. These particular stars are the ass end of that ship, i.e. the poop deck. …



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Pyxis - the compass box

Posted on November 12, 2016 at 2:02pm 0 Comments

130277 Pyxis is a constellation in the southern sky that honors the mariner's compass. Short of the Internet itself, few things have shrunk our world like a free-floating magnetized needle.



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