By Brian McCullough
This article briefly recites the Greek myth that addresses Orion who is allied with two canine constellations, and their battle with Taurus, the great bull. The author then continues to build details on how to find specific stars, star clusters, and constellations in the Northern sky.
The author describes how to locate Orions belt, Orion, Canis minor, Canis Major and its “puppy”. Details are given on how far away a star is, it’s luminosity, and even how long it would take to reach a star when traveling at light speed. This article broadens the minds view on how large our universe really is, and how we only make up a minimal amount of it. It also gives an idea of how many millions of solar systems are out there that we know nothing about- solar systems that could potentially have the same unique characteristics as our planet.
I gave this article two stars because I find it would only be interesting to someone who is unaware of the more common constellations. This article is also specific to a constellation’s location in the sky relevant to the winter season only. Moreover, the article is only useful when winter is approaching or already here, therefore it’s almost useless for half of the year. Fortunately, this article is in season today, and can prove to be useful during our winter camp experience.
By Jennifer Hauteclocque
McCullough, Brian. “Stargazing”. Ottawa Outdoors Magazine. OttawaOutdoors.ca. Online.October 19th, 2012. http://ottawaoutdoors.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=202:stargazing&catid=35:adventure-articles