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    Martin R. Howell's Avatar
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    It would seem to me the huge asterisms which clearly resemble something are
    responsible for all the other less apparent constellations coming into
    being. As the ancients looked at the night sky, they must have noticed that
    there was an unmistakable scorpion above them and also twins. Very little
    effort would have been required to spot a swan, a hunter, a lion, and a
    crown. Do all the other constellations owe their existence to these few?
    Surely, they must.

    Stuck with all the rest of those stars and wanting to organize them into a
    map of the heavens, did our ancestors select something significant in their
    environment which "belonged" in the night sky, i.e. a harp or a queen, and
    then go about searching for just enough bright stars to anchor a highly
    imaginative pattern amidst a myriad of surrounding dimmer stars? Using
    Draco for example, to get a dragon in the sky they only needed an asterism
    to serve as the dragon's head and this was found by using Etamin, Rastaban
    and Kuma. Then, tracing the dragon's body through mostly 3rd to 4th
    magnitude stars would have been an easy task considering the dark skies that
    these earlier people enjoyed. . .if they required a star to mark a point or
    define a turn or twist in the creature's body then one was certainly
    available where needed.

    I'm still trying to identify the hunting dogs in Canes Venatici ;o)



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    Martin
    "Photographs From the Universe of Amateur Astronomy"
    http://home.earthlink.net/~martinhowell



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    In article <qKOPc.7354$cK.3174@newsread2.news.pas.earthlink.n et>,
    "Martin R. Howell" <martinhowell@ilikestarsearthlink.net> wrote:

    SNIP_ of a nice post.

    I also loved learning the costellations, including the much more
    diminutive and faint ones. But please, as astronomers, let's call it
    Scorpius, not Scorpio..........

    Starry Skies,
    Rich

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    "Martin R. Howell" <martinhowell@ilikestarsearthlink.net> wrote in
    message news:qKOPc.7354$cK.3174@newsread2.news.pas.earthli nk.net...
    something are
    noticed that
    little
    a
    few?

    Your theory may work for Europeans and Americans.... but the Chinese,
    Japanese, Indians, Africans, Polynesians, etc. saw very different
    patterns in the same stars. In Hawaii, for example, Scorpius (not
    Scorpio) is seen as the magic fishhook used by the demigod Maui to pull
    up the islands from the ocean floor.



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    Default Thanks to Scorpio, Gemini, Cygnus, Orion, Leo, and Corona Borealis

    Paul Lawler wrote:



    Can anyone provide a link to a website which shows the sky filled with
    constellations as perceived by different cultures?
    This would be really great to see.



    --
    Martin



 

 

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