The constellation Gemini has two very bright stars called Castor and Pollux which, as it turns out, are the names of each twin the constellation represents. They are known as the Sons of Zeus because of the unusual circumstances of their birth.Continue reading
Like Canis Major, Canis Minor is often regarded as one of the hunting hounds of Orion. They appear to follow him across the sky as the Earth turns. However, Canis Minor actually represents Maera, a dog of Icarius, the famed wine maker.Continue reading
There are two prominent, winter hunting hounds you can find in your sky. The greater of the two is known as Canis Major, the great dog. It’s a common misconception that both Canis Major and Canis Minor are two hunting hounds of Orion the hunter. But actually, the origins of these two dogs are a little different than what you’d think.Continue reading
With every myth there’s a degree of variation in how the stories are told. With Orion the Hunter, there is no exception.Continue reading
So far we’ve explored a nice array of constellations that can be found in your Summer night sky. In the last video, we took a look at Sagittarius and how the centaur was set to aid Orion in case he was attacked by Scorpius the Scorpion. After all, the arrow in Sagittarius is aimed right at the star Antares, also known as “the heart of the scorpion.” So, that’s what we’re going to look at today, Scorpius the Scorpion.
Welcome back to yet another edition of the Lore of the Constellations. We are in the season of Summer and so far we have covered three constellations: Aquila the Eagle, Lyra the Harp, and Cygnus the Swan. Three constellations part of something called the Summer Triangle. Now, if you’ve been following these videos you’re aware of how Aquila the Eagle was the pet of Zeus and each day was set up Prometheus to torment him for stealing fire. Well, today we’re going to go over Sagittarius and how this constellation is connected in the ancient Greek myth with Aquila.
Hello again and welcome back to another Lore of the Constellations. If you’ve been following these segments you’ll know that the last few videos have been on Aquila the Eagle and Lyra the Harp. We’re rounding out the three constellations that make up the asterism known as the Summer Triangle now with Cygnus the Swan.
Hello and welcome to another installment of the show that delves into the Lore of the Constellations. If you’re up to date with this series then you are aware we’re in the season of Summer. And with Summer we can find the appropriately named Summer Triangle asterism. At each point of this triangle is a bright star within its own respective constellation.
For this video (click on the link above), we’re going to cover the bright star Vega which can also be found in the constellation Lyra the Harp.
Last season, we took a look at some of the more notable constellations that can be found in your seasonal Spring sky. We’re now in the season of Summer, so let’s take a deep dive into your favorite constellations you can now find from your very own backyard. You may have heard of the constellation Aquila the Eagle, but did you ever wonder why we recognize that batch of stars with that particular name? What is it named after? How long ago was this? Why is this eagle so special. Well, in these upcoming Lore videos, we’re going to explore how some of your favorite Summer constellations got their names.
In our last video, Jay Lamm, Planetarium Producer and Technical Manager at the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium in the Louisiana Art & Science Museum, will tell you a little bit about the crown in our sky: Corona Borealis, or, the Northern Crown.