All Blog Posts Tagged 'star' (20)

Reticulum - the net

eyepiece2 The stars in the constellation Reticulum represent the tiny network of lines in a certain type of telescope eyepiece. They are usually etched into a lens element and are akin to the cross-hairs in a rifle scope. In this case they are not only used for aiming, but also for…
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Added by Brad Snowder on November 5, 2016 at 11:01pm — 1 Comment

Scorpius - the scorpion

scorpie The summer sky is dominated by a constellation named Scorpius, the scorpion. It has lots of bright stars in a long swooping curved shape like a fish hook. The brightest star in the line-up is a huge red one smack dab in the heart of the beast, named Antares. The scorpion is…
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Added by Brad Snowder on October 16, 2016 at 1:54am — No Comments

Serpens - the serpent





tinysnake_01 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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Added by Brad Snowder on September 25, 2016 at 11:27am — No Comments

Sextans - the sextant

coord_altaz 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…
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Added by Brad Snowder on September 18, 2016 at 4:10pm — 3 Comments

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

Volans

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

Vulpecula

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…
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Added by Brad Snowder on July 4, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Telescopes 101

It had the same effect on Galileo. Have you ever discovered a telescope eyepiece in the pocket of your pajamas? Have you ever measured your roof for a dome? Do you know how to pronounce Cassiopeia? If so, you may have wondered, "is there hope for…

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Added by Brad Snowder on February 14, 2015 at 2:07am — 5 Comments

HR Diagram

rosettastone The Hertzsprung Russell Diagram is the "Rosetta Stone" of stellar astronomy and it's simple, very simple. So to put it simply, it's just a graph that plots lots of stars' luminosities against their surface temperatures. As simple as that sounds, it is the key to understanding stellar evolution.



In case you thought "Rosetta Stone" is some sort of educational software for…
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Added by Brad Snowder on April 5, 2014 at 11:53pm — No Comments

Lightbridge Telescopes

A real light-bucket. Meade Lightbridge Dobsonian Surrier Truss Telescopes



A dobsonian telescope consists of optics which were designed by Isaac Newton in the 1660's, on a mount popularized by John Dobson in the 1960's. They say more than half of all amateur scopes are of this type and I believe it. Many people make their…

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Added by Brad Snowder on July 21, 2013 at 2:05am — 4 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

Deep Sky Zodiac

The beaten path that the Sun appears to trod on its yearly trek among the stars is the oldest known method of mapping our way around the sky. So the Sun was the center of celestial attention even before people promoted it to admin of the solar system. That makes a lot of sense to me. I could argue (without much effort) that out of all the thousands of gods that people have ever prayed to for a little help, the Sun is the one that delivers the most tangible… Continue

Added by Brad Snowder on May 20, 2013 at 11:29am — 1 Comment

Ten Commandments of Star Parties

Moving it ahead for daylight savings time was a real bitch.

  1. Shatter not the darkness at the site of observing. Man-made lights thou shalt eschew, save the faint of red.

  2. Thou shalt not illuminate thy headlights of thy automobile, nor the car door shalt thy open before the disconnecting of thy dome light. Even a match strucketh in haste is…
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Added by Brad Snowder on May 6, 2013 at 11:59am — 1 Comment

I believe in Science Fiction - or - Religion in the year 4011 CE

My interpretation of the state of religion in the year 4011 CE. Seriously. ;)

In the beginning there was the great creator Roddenberry the Almighty, which himself put down in writing his greatest teaching in the Holy book of Star Trek within four short years ending in 1969 CE. The main protagonist of this story is the Captain Kirk, a figure which never miss an opportunity to act emotional instead of rational. Luckily, he is guided by the Holy Spock of pure reason.

This…

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Added by Arcus on July 12, 2011 at 2:49pm — 4 Comments

Distant Origin

Star Trek: Voyager: Distant Origin, Season 3 Episode 23



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Added by Rev. Tom Hicks, D.D. on April 18, 2009 at 4:40pm — 1 Comment

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