Thursday, May 8, 2014

Old Constellations from #Cosmos

Cosmos episode "The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth" tried to imagine what now defunct constellations looked like millions of years ago:


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The online descriptive video said these old constellations looked like "the number six, an upside down triangle, and even the legs of a spider".




Admittedly, trying to trace out constellations is something like a Rorschach ink blot test.



 First, I could only find the number 6 and the upside down triangle:




Since any 3 points comprises a triangle, maybe I can move the 6 to where the triangle is and the stars in the upper right hand corner can represent a mutant squished spider with legs akimbo:




 Of course, having a constellation look like the number "6" just reminds me of the old Sesame Street pinball cartoon:


Of course the PBS Star Gazers point out there still are current triangle shaped configurations in the sky (b/c all you really need are three points):

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