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Re: Constellation names
Date: 2003 Nov 2, 07:10 -0500
Date: 2003 Nov 2, 07:10 -0500
George, "The Stars: A New Way To See Them," Houghton Mifflin Company, c1952, was given to me 25 years ago by friends, American circumnavigators/sailing writers Skip and Linda Dashew, to help me get started in celestial navigation. Highly complementary back cover reviews are quoted from Albert Einstein, "Navy News," Hayden Planetarium, US Power Squadron, various international astronomical societies, etc. Hans Augusto Rey was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1898. As a child, he spent much of his free time in that city's famous Hagenbeck Zoo drawing animals. After serving in the army during World War I, he studied philology and natural science at the University of Hamburg. He moved to Montmartre for four years and escaped from Paris in 1940 to the US. Sharon ----- Original Message ----- From: "George Huxtable"
To: Sent: November 02, 2003 5:16 AM Subject: Re: Constellation names Sharon Blackwood wrote- >The names you mentioned are the commonly accepted "Rey's" method. >(H. A. Rey "The Stars: A New Way To See Them") The book, for children >and adults, tries to depict more identifiable names for the constellations. > >The Starry Night software also allows users to choose the "Rey" constellations >as well as Astronomical and Zodiac. > >I find the "Rey" method confusing, but many people swear by it - >especially for teaching children. ========== Thank you, Sharon, for a really useful comment. When you say "commonly accepted", and "many people swear by it", it would be interesting to know what point-of-view your are referring to. Is it from a US background, or where? From your mailing, I can only guess, from its timezone. It would also be of interest to learn, in rough terms, how recently this method was introduced and how widespread it has become. I have a niece who is a teacher and will ask her if that method is used in the UK. I've spoken about this matter with my brother-in-law Peter, who teaches juniors in New Zealand. He tells me that the constellation names he uses there haven't changed since he was a child. Many of them are invisible and unfamiliar to us Northerners, of course. We expect to see, and to recognise, our circumpolar stars any way up, but for those constellations nearer the equator, such as Orion, their orientation doesn't alter much. Being on the Equator, Orion is just as visible from New Zealand, and Peter explains an additional problem for them there. Seen from the South, Orion is always upside-down, and Peter points out that it's hard to respect, as a great warrior, someone who is always standing on his head. As a private arrangement between him and his class, then, they have renamed Orion "the Shopping-Trolley". George ================================================================ contact George Huxtable by email at george---.u-net.com, by phone at 01865 820222 (from outside UK, +44 1865 820222), or by mail at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK. ================================================================