n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Deepsky delights

Volume 65, Issue 9_10
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



Extracted from text ... october 2006 165 deepsky delights Our forefathers, the seafarers and hunters of ancient times most probably developed names for the patterns and shapes outlined by the stars of the night sky. Most of them are associated with the legends of their cultures and ways of life. Most of the constellation names have Greek and Latin roots and some are very original. The Greek language refers to constellations as "signs", while Hipparchos, Ptolomy and the Arabians referred to them as "figures". It is generally accepted that various animals and birds played prominent roles in peoples' minds in ancient times as can ..

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