I didn't know that about the rabbit either, one of those handy pieces of trivia to store away :thumbs_up:
it missed out on one criteria of being "a planet" so it's no longer a planet! poor thing got demoted :( officially a dwarf planet I believeOriginally Posted by Dawn, post: 44393
The September sky is a fascinating one. The summer triangle is high up in the sky by mid evening (brightest stars of three constellations - Vega in Lyra, Altair in Aquila the Eagle and Deneg in Cygnus the Swan). I think it is neat to think of how the ancients tried to make sense of the changing sky over the seasons and make it relevant to their daily life. The native peoples of North America had some neat insights into the cycle of the changing sky. One of my favorite stories involves the story of the celestial bear. We know a part of it as the Big Dipper and I believe that my UK friends may know it as the plow. The story goes about the bear leaving his cave in the spring (appears to be rising out of the northen horizon on spring nights) and heading back into his or her cave during fall (as evening falls the "bear" is heading down into the northern horizon). It is the movement across the sky that they were interested in. They even danced around their camp fires to keep the natrual rhythem and movement of the cycle.
In the following story the bear is followed by seven birds (stars that make the handle of the big dipper) Robin, Chickadee, Moosebird (a gray jay about the size of a blue jay, but with a smooth head), then Pigeon, Blue Jay, Owl, and finally little Saw-Whet Owl. The three main stars are Robin, Chickadee (with his cooking pot), and Moosebird (He who comes late). THis is a story from the Mic Mac tribe of Nova Scotia.
Read the short story here. Fascinating to think they had an explanation for the changing seasons, and the changing leaves.
Here is the link to the story:
It is a shame the weather is so bad or I would post more - we have had 1 solitary clear evening all month with no real prospect of any at least in the next week.
managed to lok at the Andromeda galaxy with my binos last night but it clouded over within 5 minutes
Will do something on constel;a$ltions to look out for when we have a clear spell looming
For thos who have not yet seen Jupiter it is very close to the moon - low in the south over the next 2 nights - try and see it if you can