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The arrow overhead

15 Jun 2014, 00:00 UTC
The arrow overhead
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A nearly unnoticed arrow flies over our heads in June. Perhaps we would pay more attention to it if it were closer to Valentine's Day. Then we may recognize it as Cupid's arrow and look upon it wishing where it would fall. But in most stories, Sagitta is an arrow of death. Continue reading →

¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending June 21, 2014
A nearly unnoticed arrow flies over our heads in June. Perhaps we would pay more attention to it if it were closer to Valentine’s Day. Then we may recognize it as Cupid’s arrow and look upon it wishing where it would fall. But in most stories, Sagitta is an arrow of death.
It’s also a little hard to see this arrow. Its stars are 3rd and 4thmagnitude and they form one of the smallest constellations. Certainly, ancient cultures saw it much more easily than we can in our light polluted skies. To
Sagitta, the arrow that flies overhead, on June nights
all of them, it looked like an arrow.
Sagitta has just one named Star. Sham is the Arabic word for arrow. Long ago, the constellation itself was sometimes called Sham or al-Sham. The ...

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