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Monoceros - the unicorn

The constellation Monoceros was invented to fill in a big gap in the winter sky. The ancient star watchers don't seem to have been overly concerned about the sky in a cartographical sense, so they recognized Orion and Hydra and associated them with mythical stories, but they left the dim area in between as a sort of no-man's land. It's like the early maps of the United States where large areas are simply…See More
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Belle Rose commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Musca - the fly'
"It's "mosca" en Español ;)"
Feb 12
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Musca - the fly

The southern constellation of Musca represents a lowly fly. When Johann Bayer added it to his maps he called it "The Bee" and folks liked that name for a couple of hundred years. But then some map maker called it The Fly except there was already a fly up north which was part of Aries the Ram. I'll just let astrologers chew on that fact for a bit. During those days folks called Musca the southern fly to distinguish…See More
Feb 11
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Norma - the carpenter's square

Norma is a southern constellation and the name refers to the thingy a carpenter uses to make stuff look normal. It's a good example of how the name for a group of stars can rapidly evolve. It was first named by a French guy, Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, who called it "l’Equerre et la Regle." I think he always tried to give things a name at least as long as his own. The problem is, it's a little itty bitty constellation…See More
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Strega commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Octans - the octant'
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Jan 29
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Octans - the octant

The southernmost constellation in the whole sky, Octans, is named after a celestial navigation instrument called an octant, which is better than a quadrant, but not as good as a sextant, and no where as good as GPS. Isaac Newton invented the quadrant which was a handy way of finding your way across an ocean back in the day, but the octant is lighter and easier to aim. Two guys claim to have invented the octant, Hadley…See More
Jan 29
Daniel W. commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Ophiuchus - the serpent bearer'
"First they spend thousands of years saying there are 12 signs.  Now they say there are 13.  I saw other speculation about a 14th sign, Cetus the whale.  Think of all of the lives messed up by using the wrong signs!  This proves,…"
Jan 23
Belle Rose commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Ophiuchus - the serpent bearer'
"Haha I know! Think of all the lives they could save!!"
Jan 22
Belle Rose commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Ophiuchus - the serpent bearer'
"Haha I know! Think of all the lives they could save!!"
Jan 22
Reg The Fronkey Farmer commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Ophiuchus - the serpent bearer'
"It is amazing how the constellation of Sagittarius that is approximately 29,390,000,000,000,000 miles away from Earth can have such an influence on when we should take a career break or find a partner or even what color shoes we should wear. Science…"
Jan 22
Belle Rose commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Ophiuchus - the serpent bearer'
"This is technically my sign now I guess, lol"
Jan 22
Belle Rose commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Ophiuchus - the serpent bearer'
"I remember that! Didn't they take it away? I just remember being PISSED that I was suddenly no longer a Sagittarius! ahahahahaha!"
Jan 22
Reg The Fronkey Farmer commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Ophiuchus - the serpent bearer'
"A bit of banter on Astrology from....err....many moons ago!"
Jan 22
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Ophiuchus - the serpent bearer

The constellation of Ophiuchus represents a big guy who figured out how to kill snakes and then bring them back to life. He figured if it worked on snakes it should work on humans too. The gods killed him of course, because they're gods and that's what they do. Here's a bit of trivia for you. It might win you a bet someday, let's face it, that's what most of this information is good for. As it…See More
Jan 21
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Orion - the hunter

After the Big Dipper, Orion is easily the most known and the most pointed out constellation by the people who recognize at least some of them. There is the obvious belt, although Orion lived BP (Before Pants) so he wears a short skirt, or kilt or such, and below that hangs his big, um sword. Maybe it's just a dagger, or possibly it's a sword, not that it matters. Orion is Gilgamesh to those of you who follow the…See More
Jan 14
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Pavo - the peacock

There is a constellation way down in the southern part of the sky named Pavo which means Peacock, and its brightest star is named Peacock. Coincidence? Are there really any coincidences? Twenty four hours in a day, twenty four beers in a case. Okay that one maybe. Although those pesky Romans and the Egyptians both had a weird fascination with twelves, and twenty fours, and triangles, and toga parties, etc. So who…See More
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Monoceros - the unicorn

Posted on February 18, 2017 at 5:45pm 0 Comments

yaayimaunicorn The constellation Monoceros was invented to fill in a big gap in the winter sky. The ancient star watchers don't seem to have been overly concerned about the sky in a cartographical sense, so they recognized Orion and Hydra and associated them with mythical stories, but…
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Musca - the fly

Posted on February 11, 2017 at 8:49pm 1 Comment

guitarfly The southern constellation of Musca represents a lowly fly. When Johann Bayer added it to his maps he called it "The Bee" and folks liked that name for a couple of hundred years. But then some map maker called it The Fly except there was already a fly up north which was part of…
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Norma - the carpenter's square

Posted on February 4, 2017 at 3:31pm 0 Comments

square Norma is a southern constellation and the name refers to the thingy a carpenter uses to make stuff look normal. It's a good example of how the name for a group of stars can rapidly evolve. It was first named by a French guy, Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, who called it "l’Equerre et…
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Octans - the octant

Posted on January 29, 2017 at 10:10am 1 Comment

octant The southernmost constellation in the whole sky, Octans, is named after a celestial navigation instrument called an octant, which is better than a quadrant, but not as good as a sextant, and no where as good as GPS. Isaac Newton invented the…
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