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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 29
Strega commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Horologium - the clock'
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May 28
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!"
May 28
Strega commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Hydra - the water snake'
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Belle Rose commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Hydra - the water snake'
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May 21
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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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Astronomy Instructor and Planetarium Manager at Western Washington University.
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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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Grus - the crane

Posted on June 11, 2017 at 12:39am 0 Comments

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…
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Hercules - hercules the hero

Posted on June 4, 2017 at 9:44am 0 Comments

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. …



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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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