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  • *preens*

    April 30, 2008

  • I've seen those stars, and I think the ancient Arabs were onto something. They're really pretty, and they do remind me of hoofprints.

    Unfortunately, they're also fairly dim, which means that I can't see them from my light-polluted hometown. :-(

    April 30, 2008

  • Mmmmm.

    From Wikipedia.

    In addition to the Big Dipper, another asterism comes from Arab culture — the "leaps of the gazelle", a series of three pairs of stars:

    ν and ξ Ursae Majoris, Alula Borealis and Australis, the "first leap";

    λ and μ Ursae Majoris, Tania Borealis and Australis, the "second leap";

    ι and κ Ursae Majoris, Talitha Borealis and Australis, the "third leap".

    These stars are found along the southwest border of the constellation, the bear's toes.

    Heaven's above! Dancing bears and leaping gazelles! c_b's doing tippy-toes with the stars!

    April 29, 2008