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Constellation of the Month May : Virgo

Constellation of the Month May : Virgo

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Constellation Of the Month, News | 0 comments

Virgo (the constellation of the Virgin) In mythology Virgo was identical with Astraea, the daughter of Jupiter and Themis, and the goddess of justice. During the golden age Astraea ruled the world, but when mankind altered its ways the goddess was so disgusted that she returned to heaven. I think we know how she felt with world affairs as they are. Spica,...

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Constellation of the Month April : Hydra

Constellation of the Month April : Hydra

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Constellation Of the Month | 0 comments

Hydra (the constellation of the Water snake or Sea serpent) An original constellation. Mythologically it was a monster with a hundred heads. It was Hercules second labour to kill the monster, which he did. Hydra has the distinction of being the largest separate constellation in the Sky and also one of the dullest. Its has only one bright star,...

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Constellation of the Month March : Ursa Major

Constellation of the Month March : Ursa Major

Posted by on Feb 9, 2013 in Constellation Of the Month | 0 comments

Ursa Major is one of the oldest of the constellations, and is included in the forty-eight listed by Ptolemy. In western mythology Ursa Major was originally named Callisto.  In Hindu astronomy it is named as Sapta Rishi, meaning the ‘Seven Great Sages. The seven stars are very important in Taoist astrology. Sometimes there are said to be nine stars...

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Constellation of the Month January : Orion

Constellation of the Month January : Orion

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Constellation Of the Month | 0 comments

Orion is truly magnificent. Two of its stars, Rigel and Betelgux, are of the first magnitude. Rigel is almost pure white, while Betelgeux is a glorious orange-red, and is a fine sight in binoculars. Betelgeux has a diameter of some 250,000,000 miles, so that it’s vast globe could contain the entire orbit of the Earth round the Sun. Star Visual...

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Constellation of the month December : Taurus

Constellation of the month December : Taurus

Posted by on Dec 1, 2012 in Constellation Of the Month | 0 comments

Taurus is easy to find. It’s chief star, Aldebaran is lined up with Orions belt, Amd is identifiable both because of it’s brightness and because of it’s strong reddish hue, which resembles that of Betelgeux. The constellation abounds in spectacular objects. Star Visual Magnitude Spectrum Absolute Magnitude Distance (Lt Years) Aldebaran 0.86...

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