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The crow ship returns.

18 Apr 2018, 13:51 UTC
The crow ship returns.
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"Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them"Marcus Aurelius.Recently, whilst spying Algeiba through the Maksutov, I noticed to the south west and low over a nearby roof top, that familiar of constellations "Corvus" the raven, or crow as it is also called. It is also known as the "Spanker" due to its resemblance to a type of boat sail. The constellation may be named Corvus, but to my eyes, it looks nothing like a big black bird!Few of the constellations take on the actual shape they depict, but in the case of the "Spanker" the stargazers of old were spot on. Is that a spanker sail.? maybe~maybe not!It's good to see Corvus again, a sure sign that summer is around the corner.

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