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    Re: Constellation names
    From: Mark Prange
    Date: 2003 Nov 2, 18:31 +0000

     >From: Blackwood 
    >Reply-To: Navigation Mailing List 
    >Subject:  Constellation names
    >Date: Sun, 2 Nov
    >"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
    >Highly complimentary back cover reviews quote 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.
    >serving in the army during the Weltkrieg, he studied philology and natural
    >at the University of Hamburg. He moved to Montmartre for four years and
    >from Paris in 1940 to the US.
    >----- Original Message -----
    >From: "George Huxtable" 
    >Sent: November 02 Subject:  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
    > >
    > >The Starry Night software also allows users to choose the "Rey"
    > >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
    >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".
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