|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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|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…|
|The constellation Triangulum is one of the few examples where the connect-the-dots thing really does resemble the name. I mean, it makes a pretty damn good triangle without resorting to your imagination. Even the ancient Babylonians couldn't come up with a great name for…|
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| There's a barely noticed constellation down under called Triangulum Australe, the southern triangle. Connecting three dots to make a triangle is pretty much the minimum effort for making a star group.
The first person to go to all…
| The Greater Bear, Ursa Major, is probably the most significant constellation in the northern sky because it contains the Big Dipper.
The Big Dipper is a thing with a thousand names. It's the most obvious and easiest to recognize of all…
| Way down there near the south pole there is a constellation named Vela, the sails.
The sails use to be part of a bigger constellation called Argo Navis which included the whole ship. That's how it was 2000 years ago when Ptolemy…
|Springtime is about Virgo and has been for a very long time. Thousands of years ago this constellation was known to many as The Seed Furrow but it eventually evolved into a lovely young fertile maiden, as in "spring brings all the boys to the furrow" (wink wink). Not that…|
Added by Brad Snowder on July 17, 2016 at 11:18am — No Comments
|The Fox and the Goose is a small constellation in the night skies of summer. It sounds like a fairy tale but one of the gruesome sort where the fox murders some poor goose. Of course a fox has to eat too, and probably has to feed a whole den-full of cute little baby foxes. But…|
Added by Brad Snowder on July 4, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments
The most famous of all the dots ever connected. So well-known that people pretend to see it even when they don't. There are seven stars, eight if you count correctly. One of them is tiny, little, and wee, and is attempting to hide behind the…
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