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Strega commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Horologium - the clock'
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Davis Goodman commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Horologium - the clock'
"I had no idea that a supercluster was visible in the sky as a constellation. Just when you think the enormousness and numerousity and gersplobilating flippityfloppiness of the universe couldn't get any more gesplobilatious!"
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Hydra - the water snake

The largest of all 88 constellations is called Hydra, the water snake. It's huge. It forms a line that wraps around the sky all the way from the stars of Cancer to those of Libra. If you go out and see the toothy business end just starting to rise in the east, you will wait about six hours for its tail to clear the horizon. Hydra is a girl snake and she has little cousin down south. He's a boy snake named Hydrus.…See More
May 21
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Hydrus - the male water snake

There is a southern constellation called Hydrus which is not to be confused with the constellation Hydra. They are both water snakes but Hydrus it the lesser water snake in both size and mythical importance, and also it is male. Having two slithering sky serpents confirms the old adage that "snakes travel in pairs" which is a phrase I assume actually refers to con-artists and other capricious mountebanks. When…See More
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Indus - the indian

The source of the name for the constellation Indus is a bit confusing. Many say it celebrates the indigenous tribes of the Americas. But there is some indication it originally referred to tribes in Madagascar. There are also indications it's about the tribes of the East Indies, or maybe Africa. Petrus Plancius added it to his maps in 1597 based on drawings by some other Dutch guys and he wasn't clear on which…See More
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Reg The Fronkey Farmer commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Lacerta - the lizard'
"There seems to be a subtle invasion of green frogs here this week. I am watching!!"
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Lacerta - the lizard

There is a small constellation near Cassiopeia which looks like her but is a smaller "W" shape. It is Lacerta, which means lizard. It is considered part of the Perseus Group even although there is no lizard in that story. Johannes Hevelius named it in the late 1600's, I guess because it just sounded cool and because the little critters are kind of adorable. Maybe the W reminded him of how the lizards wriggle along.…See More
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Belle Rose commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Leo - the lion'
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Leo - the lion

The constellation Leo shows up in the early spring, when frogs wake up, the crocuses start blooming, and pudgy old guys begin meandering around Lowes in cargo shorts and birkenstocks. These stars dominate the spring sky the way Orion dominates the winter. In the weeks before the equinox Leo begins leaping up from the eastern horizon, stretching up and sniffing the zenith. The lion allegory goes back at least 6000…See More
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Leo Minor - the smaller lion

There is a constellation called Leo Minor that represents a lesser lion, just north of regular Leo. Johannes Hevelius added it in 1687. He sort of squeezed it in between Leo and the Big Dipper where there was a bit of unoccupied interstitial space. It's like how Idaho was formed from the leftover region created by forming the surrounding states. And like Idaho, the tourist attractions are cheaper and less…See More
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Lepus - the hare

Lepus is a constellation that represents a hare, which is basically a rabbit with longer legs and ears. It's located right beneath Orion, dangerously close to being stepped on, and dangerously close to his two dogs. The brightest star in Lepus is named Arneb, which means "hare" (no surprise there). It's expected to explode at any moment, so let's keep an eye out for more on that. The second brightest star in Lepus is…See More
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Astronomy Instructor and Planetarium Manager at Western Washington University.
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Horologium - the clock

Posted on May 28, 2017 at 10:30am 2 Comments

The constellation Horologium represents a clock and usually is portrayed as one of the old-timey types. Nicolas Louis de Lacaille created it and drew it as a grandfather hall clock with a pendulum and weights. Lacaille added 14…
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Hydra - the water snake

Posted on May 21, 2017 at 11:22am 2 Comments

The largest of all 88 constellations is called Hydra, the water snake. It's huge. It forms a line that wraps around the sky all the way from the stars of Cancer to those of Libra. If you go out and see the toothy business end just starting to rise in the east, you will wait…
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Hydrus - the male water snake

Posted on May 13, 2017 at 6:52pm 0 Comments

watersnake There is a southern constellation called Hydrus which is not to be confused with the constellation Hydra. They are both water snakes but Hydrus it the lesser water snake in both size and mythical importance, and also it is male. Having two slithering sky serpents confirms…
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Indus - the indian

Posted on May 7, 2017 at 1:52am 1 Comment

The source of the name for the constellation Indus is a bit confusing. Many say it celebrates the indigenous tribes of the Americas. But there is some indication it originally referred to tribes in Madagascar. There are also indications it's about the tribes of the East Indies, or…
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