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    Stars... so right and so wrong
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2012 Jul 29, 23:30 -0700

    Herbert Prinz and I, after our Sunday sextant experiments last week here in RI, had dinner at a local restaurant, "Jamestown Fish". Very good! I visited their web site a few minutes ago and noticed they had a page with some constellations. Have a look:
    http://www.jamestownfishri.com/you-are-invited-to-the-bridge-our-upstairs-bar-and-deck/

    I shall now "geek out" :).
    There are several recognizable constellations in the header image on this web site, but they are all in impossible positions. You can "follow the arc" to... Cassiopeia (?!), and the Moon is at the north celestial pole (!!), and Orion is smaller than Cassiopeia and circumpolar (?!?). And by the least measure, the angular size of the Moon is about 15 degrees. Hmmm... that's 30 times bigger than it actually is, so given that the tides are proportional to the cube of the angular diameter, the tidal range at Newport would be the current four feet multiplied by 30 cubed or 27,000 implying a tide range of around of over 20 miles. I don't think the "Jamestown Fish" would last long if the sky actually looked like that. Fortunately, my astronomical musings are just for fun, and the restaurant is actually quite excellent. And even with the little flaws that I am nitpicking here, it's wonderful to see accurate depictions of the constellations in any context!

    -FER


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