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Triangulum - the triangle

The constellation Triangulum is one of the few examples where the connect-the-dots thing really does resemble the name. I mean, it makes a pretty damn good triangle without resorting to your imagination. Even the ancient Babylonians couldn't come up with a great name for these stars so their astro-geeks called it "the plow" which was considered high-tech and trendy back then. Eventually Claudius Ptolemy added…See More
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SteveInCO commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Triangulum Australe - the southern triangle'
"Stars can actually do gravitiational lensing, sometimes one will pass directly in front of another and cause it it (apparently) brighten.  But it's just a totally different thing from the question of an optical double versus a binary star,…"
Aug 23
Reg The Fronkey Farmer commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Triangulum Australe - the southern triangle'
"Thanks - I was thinking (or not thinking) of galaxies."
Aug 22
SteveInCO commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Triangulum Australe - the southern triangle'
"Nothing to do with it. It's just two stars that happen to be in almost exactly the same direction from here appearing as though they might be a binary star.  Until you see them orbiting each other (we can watch that happen over decades),…"
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Reg The Fronkey Farmer commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Triangulum Australe - the southern triangle'
"Is that what is called "gravitational lensing"? "
Aug 21
SteveInCO commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Triangulum Australe - the southern triangle'
"Kappa?  The chart shows an Epsilon that might make sense in that context. The phenomenon of a star looking like a binary in a scope, when it's really two stars that are utterly unconnected to each other (other than both being in this part…"
Aug 21
Reg The Fronkey Farmer commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Triangulum Australe - the southern triangle'
"To the Aboriginal peoples of Australia the Skyworld was a mirror of the Earth and to them the Milky Way is a river."
Aug 21
Brad Snowder posted a blog post

Triangulum Australe - the southern triangle

There's a barely noticed constellation down under called Triangulum Australe, the southern triangle. Connecting three dots to make a triangle is pretty much the minimum effort for making a star group. The first person to go to all that effort was an Italian named Amerigo Vespucci in the early 1500's. He's also the guy that figured out Columbus hadn't actually found some part of Asia, and that there was a whole…See More
Aug 21
Noel commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Tucana - the toucan'
"I stand corrected! Always envision Taino native Americans greeting Columbus."
Aug 19
Brad Snowder commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Tucana - the toucan'
"I'm not positive but I think the image is of Magellan getting killed at the Battle of Mactan.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Mactan"
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Noel commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Tucana - the toucan'
"Thanks Brad. Now I want to run out and buy a new Meade. But then I'd have to start chopping down trees in my yard and ask my closest neighbor, New York City, to douse the lights so I can get a little dark and actually see the small and large…"
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Reg The Fronkey Farmer commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Tucana - the toucan'
"We in Ireland have a special place in our hearts for the Toucan which is the Guinness logo :-) If a Guinness a day is good for you, imagine what toucan do! The original marketing campaign was going to use a pelican bird….. "A wonderful…"
Aug 14
Brad Snowder posted a blog post

Tucana - the toucan

The southern constellation of Tucana was named after a colorful South American bird in the late sixteenth century by Petrus Plancius. It is small but important. It contains some of our best examples of cosmic real estate, a dwarf galaxy and a globular cluster, both orbiting the Milky Way. Firstly, there's the Small Magellanic Cloud. Sure, Ferdinand Magellan is famous for making school children learn the word…See More
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"What Belle said... Enjoy your post and majority of the time I have an "Oh Shit! I never knew that..." moment. "
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Triangulum - the triangle

Posted on August 27, 2016 at 9:58pm 0 Comments

illuminiwhati The constellation Triangulum is one of the few examples where the connect-the-dots thing really does resemble the name. I mean, it makes a pretty damn good triangle without resorting to your imagination. Even the ancient Babylonians couldn't come up with a great name for…
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Triangulum Australe - the southern triangle

Posted on August 21, 2016 at 12:14pm 6 Comments

trianglelady There's a barely noticed constellation down under called Triangulum Australe, the southern triangle. Connecting three dots to make a triangle is pretty much the minimum effort for making a star group.



The first person to go to all…
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Tucana - the toucan

Posted on August 13, 2016 at 11:10pm 4 Comments

toucanasam The southern constellation of Tucana was named after a colorful South American bird in the late sixteenth century by Petrus Plancius. It is small but important. It contains some of our best examples of cosmic real estate, a dwarf galaxy and a globular cluster, both orbiting the Milky Way.…
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Ursa Major - the great bear

Posted on August 7, 2016 at 12:21pm 2 Comments

biggerbear The Greater Bear, Ursa Major, is probably the most significant constellation in the northern sky because it contains the Big Dipper.



The Big Dipper is a thing with a thousand names. It's the most obvious and easiest to recognize of all…
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At 12:28pm on January 27, 2012, Monica McGee (Monicks) said…

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