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A wreath of stars

6 Jul 2014, 00:00 UTC
A wreath of stars
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Not much is said about a circlet of stars the ancient Greeks saw as a wreath. Even so, the stars of this wreath are still recognized as a constellation. The International Astronomical Union made it one of the official 88 constellations 18 centuries after Ptolemy put it on his list. Continue reading →

¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending July 12, 2014
Not much is said about a circlet of stars the ancient Greeks saw as a wreath. Even so, the stars of this wreath are still recognized as a constellation. The International Astronomical Union made it one of the official 88 constellations 18 centuries after Ptolemy put it on his list. The wreath is called Corona Australis, or the southern crown, now.
If you want to think of it as a crown, you can think of it as the one Chiron the centaur wore. The earliest Greek legends say he was wiser even than the gods. He formed the constellations and taught man how to understand the stars.
You could also think of it as the crown Dionysus put in the sky after he freed his mother from Hades. However, that legend is also linked to Corona ...

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