14 April 2012

Constellation charts

While looking for star names (for the "Solar Sunrise" series of quiltlets) I stumbled on these constellation charts and got very excited. Great names, great shapes - it's a whole 'nother universe...
As for star names, a useful list (if you ever need one!) is here. Many popular (as opposed to scientific) names come from Arabic, and certain stars are used for navigation and listed in the Nautical Almanac. That too is a whole 'nother world.

And as for star charts - so many different ones! This is from here  (so many astronomers...) -

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