Home » News & Blogs » Alrighty, Auriga!
Bookmark and Share
Sky Caramba

Alrighty, Auriga!

23 Nov 2014, 00:00 UTC
Alrighty, Auriga!
(200 words excerpt, click title or image to see full post)

One of the oldest constellations represents something that itself represents life in ancient times. Auriga is a charioteer. The stars form the shape of a charioteer's helmet, but in constellation art it is often drawn to be the chariot. Continue reading →

¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending November 29, 2014
One of the oldest constellations represents something that itself represents life in ancient times. Auriga is a charioteer. The stars form the shape of a charioteer’s helmet, but in constellation art it is often drawn to be the chariot.
In many old Greek stories, this constellation represents Hephaestus, the god of blacksmiths and craftsmen. Some of the most important work such people did 25 centuries ago may have been building chariots for kings and warriors.
Hephaestus, however, didn’t like war. Despite being a god, something happened to him that made him unable to walk. One story says his mother, the goddess Hera, thought him too ugly a child to keep. So she threw him off Mount Olympus. Upon splashing into the sea, he suffered broken legs. Another story says Zeus threw him into the sea during an argument with Hera and Hephaestus. In either version of events, ...

Latest Vodcast

Latest Podcast

Advertise PTTU

NASA Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

astronomy_pod