By Isaac Asimov
Discusses the constellations and stars, the space, luminosity and dimension, stellar astronomy, starlight, and lifestyles on different planetary structures, with exact connection with the 3rd brightest and in addition the closest megastar. Alpha Centauri.
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The grain is placed in the position of a bright star which Spica, the Latin The word for bright star, Sirius; an ear of is is called grain. part of the constellation Canis Ma- sometimes called the Dog Star for that reason. In the nearby constellation of Canis Minor there is jor, the Great Dog. Sirius is which is always in advance of Sirius as the sky turns. " The constellation of Bootes, the Herdsman, is located very near Ursa Major, the Great Bear. The Herdsman seems to be keeping a close eye on the Great Bear to prevent it from doing harm.
At 52° and from there the S, Strait of more than halfway the south celestial pole The men The sailing with Magellan is entire southern sky is visible, with to zenith. Magellan noticed two dim shining patches of light high in the sky. They looked like bits torn off Way. They have been called the "Magellanic Clouds" ever since. The Large Magellanic Cloud has a declination of the Milky about -70° and the Small Magellanic Cloud about-72°. Neither is ever visible from Europe or from the United States, or from anyplace on Earth with a latitude more nortlierly than 20° (which Some began new N about the latitude of Puerto Rico).
The first attempt came in 1595 when a Dutch navigator, Pieter Dircksz Keyser (KIGH-ser), listed twelve constellations. More were worked out by others until, by 1752, the list was complete and astronomers had the eighty-eight constellations that are listed in Table 2. In 1930 the boundaries of there is now no tion or another. all eighty-eight spot in the sky that is of the The Large Magellanic Cloud new official; not part of one constella- Dorado, while the Small Magellanic Cloud Some were made is is, for instance, in in Tucana.
Alpha Centauri - The Nearest Star by Isaac Asimov