n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - The nature of the Dawn's Heart Star

Volume 65, Issue 5_6
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



One of the most developed San narratives is that of the Dawn's Heart, who had a close relationship with his daughter, the Dawn's Heart Child. The Father was identified as Jupiter and the Child (or Dawn's Heart Star) as Regulus. Both identifications have been questioned. <BR>This paper investigates naked-eye observation of one (or possibly two) of Jupiter's moons as an explanation for the Dawn's Heart Star. Some linguistic evidence is found that the San distinguished between the planets. A number of such observations are recorded. Research has shown that good conditions and a keen-eyed observer are all that is necessary for the Galilean satellites to be seen by the naked eye. That this is indeed possible supports the present hypothesis.

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