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Jul 28
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Equuleus - the little horse

Equuleus is the ancient designation for this small constellation. Even Claudius Ptolemy included it on his maps as the little horse. It's the second smallest constellation, the record for smallest being held by the southern cross. It's usually drawn as just a horses head, sometimes peaking out from behind Pegasus. Maybe they're related, on the non-winged side of the family. The back-story is sketchy but there is…See More
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Eridanus - the river

Eridanus is a long narrow constellation winding like a river from Orion's kneecap to points farther south. It is probably named after Eridu, an ancient city in in old Babylonia. Over the ages various cultures have given it various names and backstories, almost all of them river-ish. At the southern end of Eridanus the bright blue star Achernar marks the end of the river. The name means "End of the River." It's…See More
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Fornax - the furnace

The constellation Fornax is one those created by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in the mid 1700's to commemorate the enlightenment's greatest hits. It represents the little furnaces that chemists use in the laboratory to cook things you shouldn't eat. I'm sure you can order one on Amazon or maybe talk to your local meth dealer. One of the things I find interesting in that general direction of these stars is the…See More
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Gemini - the twins

The constellation of Gemini represents the twin sons of Jupiter, whose names are Castor and Pollux. Those two boys are also represented by the bright stars that are drawn as the heads of the figures when you connect the dots. Ptolemy added Gemini to his maps a couple of thousand years ago when he was the head honcho of the university in Alexandria, Egypt during its heyday. The association of these stars with twins…See More
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Grus - the crane

The constellation Grus represents a crane. Please note that we mean the large gangling-legged fish-eating bird, not the big load-lifting construction machine. We're basically talking three stars here so you can sketch just about anything with a bit of imagination. The brightest stars are named after parts of a fish because the area was carved from what was once part of Piscis Austrinus.…See More
Jun 11
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Hercules - hercules the hero

Hercules is a major constellation and its story goes all the way back to when the ancient Greeks did a major reboot of Gilgamesh. Ptolemy included Hercules in his collection a couple thousand years ago which is how I heard about it. Hercules was a magnificent bastard. His father was a god which right away spells trouble. His father's wife resented him, as she did all of her husband's bastards, and that spelled…See More
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May 28
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"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!"
May 28
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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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Equuleus - the little horse

Posted on July 9, 2017 at 1:08am 0 Comments

Equuleus is the ancient designation for this small constellation. Even Claudius Ptolemy included it on his maps as the little horse. It's the second smallest constellation, the record for smallest being held by the southern cross. It's usually drawn as just a horses head,…
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Eridanus - the river

Posted on July 1, 2017 at 5:48pm 0 Comments

Eridanus is a long narrow constellation winding like a river from Orion's kneecap to points farther south. It is probably named after Eridu, an ancient city in in old Babylonia. Over the ages various cultures have given it various names and backstories, almost all of them…
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Fornax - the furnace

Posted on June 25, 2017 at 5:14pm 0 Comments

The constellation Fornax is one those created by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in the mid 1700's to commemorate the enlightenment's greatest hits. It represents the little furnaces that chemists use in the laboratory to cook things you shouldn't eat. I'm sure you can order one on…
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Gemini - the twins

Posted on June 18, 2017 at 1:58am 0 Comments

The constellation of Gemini represents the twin sons of Jupiter, whose names are Castor and Pollux. Those two boys are also represented by the bright stars that are drawn as the heads of the figures when you connect the dots. Ptolemy added Gemini to his maps a couple of…
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