Secrets of the Night Sky

night skyStaring up at the endless night sky

Eyes wandering…

Contemplating…

The stillness of deep space

Far beyond imagination

Infinite and without comparison

This amazement which never ceases

Artistry without comparison

Tiny pinpoints of light

Reaching out to somewhere

Everywhere…

Their miles measured in the millions

Perhaps trillions…

Staged on a canvas of inky blackness

Randomness…

And yet order discovered within it

Ancient in origin

Supernal historians

Aesthetic interpretations

Imagination…

Archer, Twins, and the Hunter

Seasonal illuminations

Called constellations

Mythologies grew dependent

On iconic images above

Navigation…

Measuring time

Permanent anchors in the night sky

Beacons of hope

Celestial guides…

Providing light in the darkness

 

Constellations of the Night Sky

Many of our modern-day constellations can be found in a book called the Almagest, written circa 150 A.D. by Ptolemy, an Alexandrian astronomer. Ptolemy used a combination of historical data and his own celestial observations from about 120-150 A.D. to compose his work.  There are 48 constellations listed in his work.

There are 21 Northern Constellations –  Andromeda, Aquila, Auriga, Boötes, Cassiopeia, Cepheus, Corona Borealis, Cygnus, Delphinus, Draco, Equuleus, Hercules, Lyra, Ophiuchus, Pegasus, Perseus, Sagitta, Serpens, Triangulum, Ursa Major, Ursa Minor

The traditional 12 Zodiacal Constellations – Aries, Aquarius, Cancer, Capricornus, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Pisces, Sagittarius, Scorpius, Taurus, Virgo

There are also 15 Southern Constellations –  Ara, Argo Navis, Canis Major, Canis Minor, Centaurus, Cetus, Corona Australis, Corvus, Crater, Eridanus, Hydra, Lepus, Lupus, Orion, Pisces Austrinus

 

R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all.I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed.I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another.I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me.I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.
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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

5 thoughts on “Secrets of the Night Sky

  • May 18, 2017 at 4:56 PM
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    Great work, Ralph. Your verse put me outside at night gazing at our amazing sky. The night sky always brings thoughts of all the mythologies connected with it. Wonderful verse.

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  • May 18, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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    Such a lovely journey into the infinite starry skies, as seen through ancient and modern eyes. A wonder to behold, expressed with elegant verse. Enjoyed it Ralph!

    Best,
    Mel

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  • May 19, 2017 at 12:57 AM
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    Great work Ralph, so enthralling the cosmos; gives us some grounding to think how small our world is within the infinite. Excellent

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  • May 19, 2017 at 8:56 AM
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    Thanks one and all – I’ve written countless verses about the stars and the skies but the vastness continues to provide new materials (maybe there is a Sky Muse up there somewhere?)

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  • May 19, 2017 at 11:32 AM
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    We say that it is infinite, but there has to be a finite end somewhere. It is impossible to fathom though. How some of the light we are seeing is a star that is already dead and 20,00 years prior and we are just catching a glimpse of its burn out now, is just mind boggling. To think that there is a world out there somewhere that intellectual creatures speak of our planet as that small blue dot in the sky. Great piece Ralph

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