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Their majesties Jupiter, Leo, and a comet trail

9 Nov 2014, 00:00 UTC
Their majesties Jupiter, Leo, and a comet trail
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Jack Horkheimer's "King of the Planets" is in the constellation that's the "King of the Jungle" this month. And we may get a regal meteor shower too. Continue reading →

¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending November 15, 2014
Jack Horkheimer’s “King of the Planets” is in the constellation that’s the “King of the Jungle” this month. And we may get a regal meteor shower too.
Times vary from night to night and place to place. But you’ll see Jupiter rising around midnight. Not long after that, the stars of Leo come up. The big planet is just a little above the bright star Regulus, known as the heart of Leo.
Regulus is a bluish star about 79 light years away. It’s at the bottom of a backward question mark or sickle. For thousands of years, various cultures have look at this part of the sky and told stories of a lion there. The Sumerians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans were among them. However, to the ancient Chinese, this constellation represented a horse. And some make the case that the Incas recognized it as a puma.
To the Greeks, Leo was the Nemean Lion, a beast that fell ...

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