Star Constellation Facts: Vulpecula
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Star Constellation Facts: Vulpecula

December 1, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Unlike other constellations, Vulpecula was not named from a character or creature from mythology that some early astronomer thought the grouping of stars resemembled. When Johannes Hevelius named the constellation in 1687, he chose the […]

Seasonal Asterims of the Night Sky
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Seasonal Asterisms of The Night Sky

September 3, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Astronomers are fond of organizing the stars into recognizable patterns in order to better navigate their way around the night sky. While the International Astronomical Union (IAU) recognizes 88 modern constellations depicting animals (42), inanimate […]

Star Constellation Facts: Leo Minor
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Star Constellation Facts: Leo Minor

July 15, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

While the Greek astronomers Ptolemy and Aratus considered the region now occupied by Leo Minor to be empty, or at least, not organized into a recognizable pattern, the Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius thought otherwise. Therefore, […]

Star Constellation Facts: Serpens
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Star Constellation Facts: Serpens

June 27, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Serpens is a faint constellation that is unusual in the sense that it is divided into two parts, with both parts of “the Serpent” depending on each other, as well as a third constellation, Ophiuchus, […]

Star Constellation Facts: Hydrus
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Star Constellation Facts: Hydrus

June 25, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Hydrus is a modern constellation created by the Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius, who based his view of the constellation on measurements taken by Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman, who were both prominent Dutch […]

Star Constellation Facts: Lynx
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Star Constellation Facts: Lynx

June 23, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

When Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius constructed Lynx in the 17th century, he did so using some of the “unformed” stars located near Ursa Major that were first catalogued by Ptolemy in the 2nd century. Although […]

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