Cradle of Constellations
Constellations are among humankind’s earliest creations and can be more revealing in some ways than the pottery and tools unearthed by archaeologists.
The source:“The Origin of the Greek Constellations” by Bradley E. Schaefer, in Scientific American, Nov. 2006.
Whoever looked up at the seven moderately bright stars scattered across the ancient sky in the shape of a dipper and named them the Great Bear may have been the world’s first great communicator. Whoever it was certainly lived a long time ago. Even though the seven stars look nothing like a bear, writes Bradley E. Schaefer, a Louisiana State University physicist and astronomer,...