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chained_bear commented on the word on tippy-toes
April 30, 2008
pterodactyl commented on the word on tippy-toes
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. :-(
gangerh commented on the word on tippy-toes
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
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