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The other great giraffe challenge–astronomy version

10 Nov 2013, 00:00 UTC
The other great giraffe challenge–astronomy version
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Probably, you've seen elsewhere on the Internet, a contest called The Great Giraffe Challenge. Try the astronomy version. That's right. There's a celestial giraffe on the map of constellations. Continue reading →

¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending November 16, 2013
Probably, you’ve seen elsewhere on the Internet a contest called The Great Giraffe Challenge. If you incorrectly answer a question about something you’d open first in an unusual situation, you’re supposed to change your profile picture to that of a giraffe. Well, SkyCaramba invites you to take the astronomy version of The Great Giraffe Challenge. And encourage your friends to take it too.
First of all, did you know there’s a giraffe among the constellations? It’s not one of the classic constellations involving legends of millennia ago. Rather, a German astronomer named Jakob Bartsch first drew it in 1624. In reverence to the ancient Greeks, Bartsch named it Camelopardus. The word means “camel-leopard”. The Greeks of long ago thought a giraffe had a camel’s head and a leopard’s spots. In the nearly 400 years since Bartsch created the constellation, astronomers have adjusts its name to Camelopardalis.
The brightest stars in Camelopardalis are fourth magnitude, so it’s a ...

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