Monday, April 2, 2012

Constellations

Constellations have always fascinated me, as does the mythology behind them. A perfect night to me would be sitting outside in the wild or anywhere that the skies are clear and full of stars, accompanied by a thermos of tea and blankets and gazing out searching out onto the universe in the sky

I need more books on constellations, star stuff, astronomy - our way of exploring

Here are some links on constellation mythology:

http://www.windows2universe.org/mythology/stars.html
http://www.dibonsmith.com/constel.htm
http://www.theoi.com/Cat_Astraioi.html
http://domeofthesky.com/clicks/constlist.html

These are via the Hubble / Space Telescope site


Ursa Major / Comas Bernice ""This picture, taken with a small ground-based camera, shows most of the famous constellation of Ursa Major, including the seven stars of the "Big Dipper" or Plough. The constellation of Coma Berenices appears at the lower left."





Pisces / Pegasus 



Sagittarius "The constellation Sagittarius (the Archer), home to the globular cluster M22, is one of the best known constellations in the sky. Sagittarius contains a large number of famous nebulae and star clusters due to the presence of some of the richest star fields of the Milky Way."



Orion "This ground-based image was taken by Japanese amateur astronomer Akira Fujii and shows the constellations Orion, Canis Minor and Canis major."




Deneb "Deneb, also known as Alpha Cygni, Arided and Aridif, is the brightest star in the Cygnus constellation. It is also one of the vertices of the Summer Triangle. It is ranked as the 19th brightest star in the night sky with an apparent magnitude of 1.25. It is a blue-white supergaint and, among nearby stars, it is one of the most luminous. "



M45 Pliedes

M45 Pleiades


NGC 1977 Running Man Nebula, Orion

Running Man/ Orion