Interesting Facts About Ursa Major
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Interesting Facts About Ursa Major

November 29, 2012 James Miller 0

In Latin, “ursus” means bear, while in Greek the word is “arktos”, hence the name Arctic (“bearish”) which describes the far northern region of the Earth where the constellation of Ursa Major (“greater she-bear”) dominates. […]

Ophiuchus, The 13th Zodiac Sign
Star Constellations

Ophiuchus, The 13th Zodiac Sign

November 29, 2012 James Miller 0

The constellation Ophiuchus is Greek for ‘serpent-bearer’ and is depicted as a man grasping a snake, represented by the nearby constellation of Serpens. It is sometimes known as the Zodiac’s 13th or forgotten constellation as […]

Interesting Facts About Orion
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Interesting Facts About Orion

November 29, 2012 James Miller 0

Winter Is Coming Orion can be seen by observers located between +85° and -75° of latitude, with the constellation’s appearance at night signalling that winter is coming. That is at least true from mid-northern latitudes […]

Earth's Galaxy: The Milky Way
Stars

Earth’s Galaxy: The Milky Way

November 29, 2012 James Miller 0

The word galaxy is derived from the Greek word meaning “milky” and is used to describe a large island of stars in space which are held together by their mutual gravity and dark matter. Our […]

Mapping The Night Sky Using Ursa Major
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Mapping The Night Sky Using Ursa Major

November 29, 2012 James Miller 0

Ursa Major (“Big Bear”) is the third largest constellation, and being so recognizable makes it a natural reference point for locating several important constellations of the night sky. Ursa Major: The 7 brightest stars in […]

Mapping The Night Sky Using Orion
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Mapping The Night Sky Using Orion

November 29, 2012 James Miller 0

Orion is one of the most striking constellations in the night sky, and in the northern hemisphere is clearly seen in winter from November to February. Fortunately, it is also one of the easiest ones […]

What Color Are The Stars In The Sky?
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What Color Are The Stars In The Sky?

November 22, 2012 James Miller 0

When starting out in stargazing, you will notice that instead of just seeing white colored stars like you might have always assumed was the case, a closer examination will reveal many other different colored stars […]

Betelgeuse About To Go Supernova?
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Betelgeuse About To Go Supernova?

February 1, 2011 James Miller 0

At a distance of 640 light years from Earth, recent announcements that Orion‘s second brightest star Betelgeuse was about to go supernova would mean that the red giant would have had to have exploded in […]

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