The Constellation Taurus

Taurus, the bull, is one of the most prominent constellations in the night sky. Not only is it referenced in almost all classical mythology, it dates back to the early Bronze Age! Taurus is likely to be the first constellation noted give its prominence and was once known as the bull of heaven. In Roman … Continue reading The Constellation Taurus

The Constellation Aries

Aries is located in the Northern Celestial Hemisphere with Pisces to the east and Taurus to the west. Aries comes from the Latin word for Ram. Aries itself is a mid sized constellation ranked 44th in size and it takes up around 1.1% of the celestial sphere we can see. The largest constellation title belongs … Continue reading The Constellation Aries

The Constellation Pisces

The name Pisces comes from the Latin plural for fish and easily seen with the naked eye. It lies between Aquarius to the west and Aries to the east. Pisces was known in ancient times and the ancient Greeks associated Pisces with Aphrodite and Eros. To escape the demon Typhon, they jumped into the sea … Continue reading The Constellation Pisces

The Constellation Aquarius

The Water Carrier Aquarius is one of the oldest known constellations. In the 2nd century 48 were observed and noted by Ptolemy although with modern telescopes there are now a total of 88. Aquarius is located in a region of the sky we call "The Sea" because its neighbouring constellations are; Cetus the whale, Pieces … Continue reading The Constellation Aquarius

Signs Of The Zodiac Series

I admit, last weeks post was slightly shorter than most other posts I’ve ever written. Following on from this I have decided to complete a series on the signs of the zodiac from the point of view of astronomy. The Zodiac are the star groups and systems can observe from Earth depending on the time … Continue reading Signs Of The Zodiac Series

Sirius : The Brightest Star in The Sky.

One of the biggest misconceptions about our night sky is that Polaris, commonly known as the North Star, is the brightest star in the Earth Sky. The truth is, it is between the 45th and 50th. That title of the brightest star in the sky belongs to Sirius. To the naked eye Sirius is a … Continue reading Sirius : The Brightest Star in The Sky.