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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'
"My son is a Leo lol"
Apr 23
Strega commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Leo - the lion'
"Thank you Brad"
Apr 23
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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
Apr 23
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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
Apr 16
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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
Apr 8
Reg The Fronkey Farmer commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Libra – the scales'
"Zubeneschamali has one more letter than Zubenelgenubi put I am sure that overall they are equiponderate and I will tell that to my friends with telescopes once they don’t suffer from sesquipedalophobia. Thanks!"
Apr 1
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Libra – the scales

The constellation of Libra represents a set of scales and it is by far the newest of the zodiacal membership. It may seem odd that there is a machine for weighing stuff in the weird line-up of monsters and zoo critters. On the other hand its two brightest stars have my most favorite star names; Zubenelgenubi, and Zubeneschamali, aka alpha and beta Librae. You should definitely learn these two star names because you can…See More
Apr 1
Reg The Fronkey Farmer commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Lupus - the wolf'
"My neighbors' dog barks every time I go in the back garden. Yesterday I left a Bluetooth speaker outside and when he starts he gets to hear a pack of howling wolves from YouTube. We may be reaching an understanding....."
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Belle Rose commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Lupus - the wolf'
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Strega commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Lupus - the wolf'
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Lupus - the wolf

The constellation Lupus is way down south. It was even recognized as the wolf by Claudius Ptolemy a couple of thousand years ago, which is notable because Ptolemy was mostly concerned with the stuff more to the north. On the other hand the stars in this area are near Centaurus and they do in fact easily connect to look like some sort of critter, if you're clever. So it's only natural to add it to a map, that way…See More
Mar 25
Strega commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Lynx - the lynx'
"Thanks, Brad - I didn't know about the lynx eyesight either, bonus info!"
Mar 19
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Lynx - the lynx

The constellation Lynx is one of a few that is its own translation. It means "lynx" so no fancy steps are required to explain it. In the late 1600's Johannes Hevelius named it after the wild cat because those animals have eyesight good enough to see the stars here and humans don't (true story). I've never heard the expression "eyes like a lynx" but Hevelius apparently did. The main reason for creating this region of…See More
Mar 19
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Mar 11
Reg The Fronkey Farmer commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Lyra - the lyre'
"Those twins could indeed cause some serious collimation errors...."
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Lacerta - the lizard

Posted on April 30, 2017 at 1:52am 0 Comments

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…
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Leo - the lion

Posted on April 23, 2017 at 1:25am 2 Comments

lioncut 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…
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Leo Minor - the smaller lion

Posted on April 16, 2017 at 12:33am 0 Comments

leominor_01 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…
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Lepus - the hare

Posted on April 8, 2017 at 1:09pm 0 Comments

hare_01 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…
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At 12:28pm on January 27, 2012, Monica McGee (Monicks) said…

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