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Re: OT: Celestial maps

From:Edgard Bikelis <bikelis@...>
Date:Monday, January 14, 2008, 5:44

Really, there are too many variables and things to consider for such an
early map... I would guess it is impossible, but... who knows? At least it
is quite hard to guess right.

About constellations, that's a good question... I do think they first got
the names, then the shapes ; ) but that system of 12 houses and all... hm,
maybe they had a few already named, then filled the blanks... black blanks.

I'm contemplating the idea of creating constellations for my new
conculture... but it's so hard, it must have a very good reason, it must be
unavoidable... and I didn't find anything so important about them, yet at


On Jan 14, 2008 3:17 AM, caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>

> >"Paul Schleitwiler, FCM" <pjschleitwilerfcm@...> wrote: > > >Okay. Good luck. I would suggest contacting an astronomy group, but > >it is a rare request. What do you need it for? > > I'm trying to figure out what figures might have been available in the > past for zodiac signs for my conculture. I guess it really doesn't > matter. There are so many stars that anybody can see anything he wants > in them. The constellations of today only vaguely resemble what they're > named for. I suspect that, at least in some cases, the name was chosen > before the constellation was found. "I'd like to have a lion in the > sky. Let me see if I can find a star formation that looks like a lion!" > > Charlie >