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Serpens - the serpent

There is a rather unique constellation in the summer sky called Serpens, the serpent. What makes it special is that it is the only constellation that is divided into two parts. That is, the region of sky assigned to it is not contiguous. In between Serpens Caput (the head) and Serpens Cauda (the tail) is Ophiuchus (Big Snake-Fighter Guy). Ophiuchus has grabbed a hold of the snake in the middle, a practice I…See More
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Reg The Fronkey Farmer replied to Brad Snowder's discussion 'Deleting a post.' in the group Help Center
"Try praying first and if that does not work just ask a moderator if you want a particular post edited or deleted."
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Unseen replied to Brad Snowder's discussion 'Deleting a post.' in the group Help Center
"You can close it using the "Options" link above and to the right of the Post's title. If you want to go full Monty and delete it, youi'll have to ask one of the moderators. It's my impression that only they can totally nuke…"
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"I have the tiny x for the replies, but not for the OP."
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Simon Paynton commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Sextans - the sextant'
"Hilarious and well written. "
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Pope Beanie replied to Brad Snowder's discussion 'Deleting a post.' in the group Help Center
"Wow, I never saw this post! I imagine by now you know about the tiny x in the upper right of each of your own posts? (I'm asking, in case I misunderstand exactly what you were asking. Now I'll look into why no one saw and/or answered this…"
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Sextans - the sextant

There is a small constellation smack dab on the celestial equator called Sextans. Don't worry, it's safe for work, although the sex part might get it snagged by parental filters, I wouldn't know. It's part of a group of constellations named in the 17th century in order to fill in some of the holes in the map. They are named after major inventions of the time that changed the world. If they were being named today…See More
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SteveInCO commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Taurus - the bull'
"Taurus, all the evidence one needs that astrology is bull."
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"My best friend is a Taurus. This made me smile :)"
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Taurus - the bull

The constellation Taurus is one of the oldest and most famous of the sky-critters. There are indications that folks associated these stars with a bull all the way back to the copper age, which is really just the bronze age before the upgrade. But great starlore doesn't typically happen all of a sudden because things take time to catch on. So the earliest sky-bull stories probably started in the late stone age, back…See More
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SteveInCO commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Telescopium - the telescope'
"Indeed.  In fact all of our astronomical distance measurements are somewhere on a ladder, from first figuring out how big the earth's orbit was, using that to get parallax to stars, using that to get something else useful at longer…"
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Noel commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Telescopium - the telescope'
"Okay Brad, Tubus Maximus... actual term? LOL...  What size and type of scope would you need to get a decent look at Telescopium? I have so many trees in my back yard, north west facing btw,, that all I get is a small patch of sky. Owned a…"
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"I understand that as the earth moves you can use the parallax effect to determine the distance of the closer stars. Amazing."
Sep 5
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Telescopium - the telescope

Nick Lacaille named a constellation Telescopium in order to honor a specific telescope, the one at the Paris Observatory. But then the heavenly borders got all rearranged and they had to cut off the top of the scope as Nick had drawn it. So as a result they had to use different stars for the top and bottom of the scope and some new stars for the mount. We wound up with a shorter and squattier design of telescope…See More
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Serpens - the serpent

Posted on September 25, 2016 at 11:27am 0 Comments





tinysnake_01 There is a rather unique constellation in the summer sky called Serpens, the serpent. What makes it special is that it is the only constellation that is divided into two parts. That is, the region of sky assigned to it is not…
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Sextans - the sextant

Posted on September 18, 2016 at 4:10pm 3 Comments

coord_altaz There is a small constellation smack dab on the celestial equator called Sextans. Don't worry, it's safe for work, although the sex part might get it snagged by parental filters, I wouldn't know. It's part of a group of constellations named in the 17th century in order to…
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Taurus - the bull

Posted on September 11, 2016 at 12:31am 2 Comments

babalooey The constellation Taurus is one of the oldest and most famous of the sky-critters. There are indications that folks associated these stars with a bull all the way back to the copper age, which is really just the bronze age before the upgrade. But great starlore doesn't…
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Telescopium - the telescope

Posted on September 4, 2016 at 1:00pm 3 Comments

Brad's Jeep and Meade Nick Lacaille named a constellation Telescopium in order to honor a specific telescope, the one at the Paris Observatory. But then the heavenly borders got all rearranged and they had to cut off the top of the scope as Nick had drawn it. So as a result they had to use…
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At 12:28pm on January 27, 2012, Monica McGee (Monicks) said…

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