tried to find it relative to the other two constellations that I had spotted earlier in the evening. It turned out to be quite easy to find Vega as it was noticeably brighter than any of its neighboring stars from my vantage point. Since I found Vega rather easily, at approximately 10:10 pm, I tried to match its other stars from the constellation Lyra together but did not find this to be too easy as there were not any stars which seemed to match quite right with the night sky and my star finder disc and I am not sure that I was in a dark enough place to easily pick out this constellation from within the city. I scanned my star finder disc again and found that to the East of the star Vega, there was a constellation that seemed like it would be rather easy to identify in the sky and went upon trying to do so. At approximately 10:20 pm I found what I was quite sure was the constellation in question, Hercules. Recalling my Greek mythology, Hercules was an athlete of great strength and it appears that the Greeks, which named this constellation, 2
wanted to represent this character well and gave him broad shoulders, and decided he was going to be in an athletic pose. I found from a source online that there is, in-fact, a second way to connect this constellation, which depicts the Greek God in an alternate pose, holding a club over his head in a striking position.
- Spring '08
- Astronomy, Ursa Major, Asterism, star finder disc