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    Re: Northern lights navigation puzzle
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2022 Nov 18, 08:05 -0800

    I mentioned that there is a planet in the photo. As is often the case, the planet is the brightest "star" in the photo --on the left. Ignore that when you're trying to figure out the star patterns. But that itself is a useful clue. The major planets are always found within a few degrees of the ecliptic so the stars surrounding that planet must necessarily be one of the twelve zodiac constellations (plus Ophiuchus by modern IAU boundaries, and also, rarely, Cetus, Orion, and Sextans, all of which have corners close to the ecliptic). So which is it? What zodiac constellation is that planet passing through? [this is not necessary for determining latitude except to the extent that it helps to identify the bright stars]

    Frank Reed


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