Stargazing: Corona Borealis legends

Stargazing: Corona Borealis legends | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette >> 0; var thisArg = arguments.length >= 2 ? arguments[1] : void 0; for (var i = 0; i this.length) { return false; } else { return this.indexOf(search, start) !== -1; } }; }else{ console.log(“DON’T POLYFILL INCLUDES”); } ]]> At this time of year, it’s easy to spot the crescent smile outline of the constellation Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown.”,”teaserTitle”:””,”byCredit”:”0″,”author”:”By Julie Silverman, Buhl Planetarium at Carnegie Science Center”,”endStory”:””,”commentsEnabled”:true,”commentsCloseDate”:””,”contentModified”:”Sun, 18 Jul 2021 18:18:32 -0400″,”rights”:”0″,”pubDate”:”Tue, 03 Aug 2021 06:00:00 -0400″,”expirationDate”:”Sun, 31 Dec 0000 19:00:00 -0500″,”body”:”

At this time of year, it’s easy to spot the cres­cent smile out­line of the con­stel­la­tion Co­rona Bo­re­alis, the North­ern Crown. For the An­cient Greeks and Ro­mans, this crown was a ce­les­tial wed­ding pres­ent from Aph­ro­dite (Venus) to Ari­adne, Prin­cess of Crete.n

The Shawnee peo­ple, who have lived in the Pitts­burgh re­gion since the 1700s, look to Co­rona Bo­re­alis and be­hold “The Ce­les­tial Sis­ters.” The heav­enly sis­ters de­scended nightly to dance on Earth. The mighty hunter, White Hawk, fell in love with the most beau­ti­ful sis­ter. They mar­ried, but she re­mained home­sick for the heav­ens. She se­cretly in­toned a magic chant and re­turned to the sky in a sil­ver bas­ket. She be­came the star Arc­tu­rus in Bootes, with her sis­ters spar­kling nearby in Co­rona Bo­re­alis.n

The Ojibwe peo­ple see Co­rona Bo­re­alis as a sweat lodge and nearby Her­cu­les as the ex­hausted bather, his spirit re­newed by a pu­ri­fi­ca­tion cer­e­mony. The Iro­quois and Al­gon­quin tribes see a ce­les­tial bear den, fash­ioned from the stars of Co­rona Bo­re­alis and two stars from neigh­bor­ing Bootes. Ursa Ma­jor, the Great Bear, emerged from this den af­ter hi­ber­na­tion.n

On Tuesday night, you might see Co­rona Bo­re­alis as the “scoop” that fell off the ice cream cone shape of stars that form the nearby con­stel­la­tion, Bootes. That “scoop” of stars will lead you to the up­side-down let­ter H fig­ure of the con­stel­la­tion Her­cu­les.”,”link”:”″,”standout”:false,”layout”:”wideheadline”,”section”:”news”,”subSection”:”science”,”subSections”:{“news”:[“Science”],”life”:[],”frontpage”:[],”breaking”:[]},”sectionLabel”:”science”,”sectionSEOKey”:”news”,”subSectionSEOKey”:”science”,”paid”:”1″,”paidUsersOnly”:”0″,”storyGroup”:””,”active”:”1″,”images”:[{“id”:”c7ff1d08-cf65-44b7-b74a-efb949bf30b1″,”title”:”Stargazing-Artwork-August-3-21-Borealis-Credit-Stellarium-A-Lee-W-Wilson-2″,”caption”:”The Corona Borealis plays a part in several legends.”,”linkText”:null,”photoCredit”:”A. Lee, W. Wilson/Stellarium”,”orientation”:”0″,”displayOrder”:”1″,”expirationDate”:”Fri, 03 Aug 3021 06:04:32 -0500″,”rights”:”0″,”url”:””,”url_hero”:”,0,1891,1202/Stargazing-Artwork-August-3-21-Borealis-Credit-Stellarium-A-Lee-W-Wilson-2.jpg”,”url_global”:”,0,1891,1202/Stargazing-Artwork-August-3-21-Borealis-Credit-Stellarium-A-Lee-W-Wilson-2.jpg”,”cdn”:{“sizes”:[“600x_a4-3_cTC”,”300x_a1-1_cTC”,”1140x_a10-7_cTC”,”1200x”,”100x_a1-1_cTC”,”460x_a4-5_cTC”],”host”:””,”fileName”:”Stargazing-Artwork-August-3-21-Borealis-Credit-Stellarium-A-Lee-W-Wilson-2-1627919788.jpg”}}],”related”:{“links”:[],”videos”:[]}}]}; PGPAGEDATA = {“authorvalues”:{“apiorg”:”juliesilvermanbuhlplanetariumatcarnegiesciencecenter”,”apiauthor”:”default”},”authorapi”:{“status”:”error”,”message”:”No such organization”,”apiorg”:”juliesilvermanbuhlplanetariumatcarnegiesciencecenter”,”apiauthor”:”default”}}; ]]>

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