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Friday April 11th, 2014

Night Sky Handbook, past & present by 1

Night Sky Handbook: Aquarius

One of the earliest known constellations of the Zodiac, Aquarius has been recognized by numerous ancient cultures, from the Babylonians to Ancient Egypt, all of whom associate the sign with water. In Babylon, the constellation signified the god Ea, commonly depicted holding a vase. In the Ancient Greek tradition, Aquarius is depicted as a lone…

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Monday March 31st, 2014

Night Sky Handbook, past & present by 2

Night Sky Handbook: Ursa Minor


Sometimes known as the “little dipper,” because of its ladle-like appearance, Ursa Minor (latin for “Little Bear”) is the nearby cousin of Ursa Major. Visible year-round in the northern hemisphere, Ursa Minor has seven main stairs. The star at the tip of the constellation’s “handle” is Polaris, otherwise known as the north star. Because Polaris…

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Thursday March 27th, 2014

Night Sky Handbook, past & present by 2

Night Sky Handbook: Leo

Leo is one of the oldest known constellations, with evidence of its knowledge dating back to 4000 BC. Consisting of nine main stars, Leo is most often depicted as a lion. In ancient Greece, Leo was commonly associated with the mythological Nemean Lion, famously slain by Hercules during his twelve labors. The constellation is most…

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Tuesday March 25th, 2014

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Night Sky Handbook: Orion

We talk about spaces large and small on this site all the time, from powder rooms to living rooms and everywhere in between. In recent days, however—especially since last week’s big Big Bang news—we’ve been enamored with an altogether different kind of space—outer space! From oversized star charts to fabulous DIY projects like Jessica Marquez’s constellation table…

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