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Columba – Constellation Facts

- 23 February 2017

Columba Stars

Columba derives its name from Latin meaning, “the dove”; its original name was, Columba Noachi (“Noah’s dove”). It lies in the first quadrant of the Southern hemisphere and is located specifically between latitudes of +45° and -90°. Along with other constellations, Columba was first catalogued in the 2nd century by, Ptolemy, a Greek astronomer.

Beta Andromedae – Star Facts

- 22 February 2017

Beta Andromedae

Beta Andromedae has a traditional name of Mirach which is derived loosely from the Arabic language (mizar) meaning ‘girdle’. This refers to the placement of the star on the left hip of Andromeda, in which it makes up part of an asterism in this constellation. It also shines approximately 1,900 times that of the Sun.

Circinus – Constellation Facts

- 16 February 2017

Circinus Stars

Circinus is another relatively small constellation, in fact it comes in at the fourth smallest constellation in the night sky. It is located in the third quadrant of the Southern hemisphere and can be viewed specifically at latitudes between +30° and -90°. Its name is derived from the Latin language “the compass”; the tool used for drawing circles.

Bellatrix – Star Facts

- 15 February 2017

Bellatrix

Bellatrix is about 20 million years-old and is thought to have six times the radius of the Sun and eight or nine solar masses. Bellatrix also has a bluish-hue and shines the 3rd brightest in its home constellation and 27th overall in the night sky. Bellatrix is also one of the four stars that are used in celestial navigation.

Chamaeleon – Constellation Facts

- 9 February 2017

Chamaeleon Stars

Chamaeleon is a relatively small constellation in the second quadrant of the Southern hemisphere. It can be viewed specifically at latitudes between 0° and -90°. As its name suggests, this constellation is named after a lizard; the chameleon.

Barnard’s Star – Star Facts

- 8 February 2017

Barnards Star

Barnard’s Star was named after the astronomer E.E. Barnard. This 7 to 12 billion year-old star may be one of the oldest ones in the Milky Way. It’s traveling closer to the Sun and will be nearest in the year of 11,800. Astronomer Peter van de Kamp reported it had up to three planets in its orbit, but this turned out to be wrong.

Cetus – Constellation Facts

- 2 February 2017

Cetus Stars

Cetus is the sea monster in Greek mythology that had Andromeda left as a sacrifice for her mother’s vanity. It lies in the first quadrant of the Southern hemisphere and is located specifically between latitudes of +70° and -90°. Along with other constellations, Cetus was first catalogued in the 2nd century by, Ptolemy, a Greek astronomer.

Arcturus – Star Facts

- 1 February 2017

Arcturus

Arcturus is derived from the ancient Greek language meaning ‘guardian of the bear’, because of its proximity to Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. Romans spoke of Arcturus as the narrator of the prologue, Rudens. Arab culture refers to this star as Al Simak al Ramih meaning ‘Leg of the Lance-bearer’, and in Chinese this star is called Ta-Kio or ‘the Great Horn’.

Valentine’s Day Poems to Make One Melt

- 11 January 2017

Poems Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day will soon be upon us, have you decided how you are going to express your undying love to your significant other? Candies and flowers are your typical romantic gesture, but if you want to really wow them this Valentine’s Day, why not send a romantic poem that will melt their heart? If you don’t have the prose of a poet, no problem. Check out our romantic Valentine’s Day poems that are ready for you to copy, paste, send or print. And don’t worry, it will be our little secret…