star chart

starklinqs  asked:

Harry Potter for the headcanon thing!

when he was seven or eight, harry made a list of all the names he’d change his name to if he had the chance. harry was the name of a spindly boy who lived in a cupboard under stairs and tripped over too-large sneakers and got bullied every day. he didn’t like the name harry. he wanted something more regal, something that would at least make him seem more powerful because maybe then he’d grow up and be that powerful.

included on his list were some normal-ish names, like charles, henry, and arthur; gideon, which he’d once heard as the name of a teenager a few years above him who was kind to everyone; and a couple of funny sounding names he’d pulled out of a star chart, like rigel and sirius.

send me a character and i’ll give you a headcanon

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Northern and Southern Celestial Map, 1795.

Historical map of the sky of the northern and southern hemisphere, showing the stars and mythological drawings of the constellations. This map is centred on the geographic north and south pole, with the plane of the ecliptic (arching through lower and upper centre) showing the constellations of the northern and southern zodiac. The zodiac shows the Sun’s passage through the sky throughout the year, and does not align to the geographic equator because the Earth is tilted on its axis. The relative brightness of the stars is shown, as well as the Milky Way. 

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CELESTIAL MECHANICS, BY ORONCE FINE (1549)

the handwritten manuscript ‘La Sphere du Monde..’, 1549, by Oronce Fine.

Oronce Fine (or Orance Finé) (1494-1555) was a third generation physician from France. He was also a teacher and prolific author in the fields of mathematics, geography, cartography and astronomy and he held the chair in mathematics at the Collège Royal in Paris for more than twenty years.

The Signs as Disney Princesses
  • Aries:Pocahontas
  • Taurus:Cinderella
  • Gemini:Anna
  • Cancer:Snow White
  • Leo:Rapunzel
  • Virgo:Belle
  • Libra:Aurora
  • Scorpio:Queen Elsa
  • Sagittarius:Merida
  • Capricorn:Mulan
  • Aquarius:Tiana
  • Pisces:Ariel
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A Celebration of the Night Sky

We humans have marveled at the night sky for millennia. The first ever recorded constellation is thought to be a drawing of the Pleiades star cluster on the walls of the Lascaux cave. Every culture has it’s stories and myths for the origin of the stars and their significance. And while our understanding of astronomy has increased greatly, it’s still easy to gaze up in wonder of it all. 

Long ago the constellations were drawn as shapes and patterns amongst the stars as a way of breaking the sky into smaller pieces, which helped in the creation, documentation, and communication of a common night sky. These shapes and pictures varied quite a bit from culture to culture, and even within cultures.

Early in the 20th century, astronomers, feeling the need for more commonality, decided that constellations should be determined by their boundaries rather than the shapes drawn between specific stars. These shapes and patterns are called asterisms, and are arbitrary to a certain extent. For example, the Ursa Major asterism can be drawn in a number of different ways depending on your cultural reference, but it will always be drawn within the boundaries of the Ursa Major constellation. 

To look deep into space is to look deep into the past. Our contemporary knowledge of the constellations is ever growing and changing, but we still share the common desire with our ancient ancestors to organize and better understand the objects in the night sky and marvel at their beauty. 

Best Made’s Map of the Constellations