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Tucana - the toucan

toucanasam The southern constellation of Tucana was named after a colorful South American bird in the late sixteenth century by Petrus Plancius. It is small but important. It contains some of our best examples of cosmic real estate, a dwarf galaxy and a globular cluster, both orbiting the Milky Way.…

Added by Brad Snowder on August 13, 2016 at 11:10pm — 4 Comments

Ursa Minor - the little bear

lilbear Ursa Minor, the lesser bear, is a very important constellation because it is home to Polaris, the north star. It is also home to the Little Dipper which is very easy to find once you've actually found it. If you don't see it right away just nod and say "Yeah. yeah I see it" but…

Added by Brad Snowder on July 31, 2016 at 12:32pm — 3 Comments

Vela - the sails

CatamaranSails 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…

Added by Brad Snowder on July 24, 2016 at 11:00am — 4 Comments


white-winged-fish There is a tiny constellation near the southern pole of the sky named Volans, the Flying Fish. Unfortunately there is no cute little story here about a fish getting its wish to have wings or such. The only story we have is that this part…

Added by Brad Snowder on July 10, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments


Fox and Goose 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

Autumn Bliss

For those of us who could use the extra help. Capricornus the Seagoat

The name Capricornus has been shortened to Carpricorn by some folks. But that is a very recent thing, like only in the last hundred years maybe. Either way, it means Seagoat. And Seagoat is the oldest known name still in use for anything in the whole sky. People have been calling these stars the Seagoat for more than 7000…


Added by Brad Snowder on June 15, 2013 at 11:19am — 4 Comments

Summer Swelter

The fish gets bigger every time he tells it. Scorpius the Scorpion

In the scorpion we find lots of bright stars that make an obvious fish hook shape, especially when you ignore the claws that the Romans surgically shortened in order to make Libra. In fact some natives of the south pacific call this constellation "Maui's Hook." You see Maui is one of the gods in the lands down under. His…


Added by Brad Snowder on June 8, 2013 at 11:18pm — 1 Comment

Spring Thaw

With great bangs comes great responsibility. Leo the Lion

The big kitty is one of the few real connect-the-dots sort of allegories. It makes a reasonable stick figure of an animal at least. The Chinese call it the horse. It takes some imagination. If you try to connect the dots you may get something that looks like a coat hanger after it's been used to unlock a car door. That's how I drew…


Added by Brad Snowder on June 1, 2013 at 3:49pm — 3 Comments

Winter Beast

Did you know that the artist who made the Wall Street Bull was never paid? Taurus the Bull

Taurus is a bull, well half of a bull anyway. The front half. Actually mostly the head, with a shiny red eye. I think he’s been drinking. He’s charging Orion who appears to be perfectly prepared to defend himself from the assault. Orion also appears to have lost his pants but we don’t talk about…


Added by Brad Snowder on May 26, 2013 at 5:48am — 5 Comments

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