Category Archives: constellations

Ursa Major: Biblical Constellation

How many of the eighty-eight constellations are mentioned in the Bible? Ursa Major, the “Great Bear” is one of them: Job (9.9) asks: (W)ho made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the chambers of the south(?) And later God … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy, constellations | 3 Comments

Ursa Minor: Magnitude Guide

The constellation Ursa Minor (Little Bear for those who prefer the vernacular) contains Polaris, the star which will point you north–if you have a mostly cloudless night. It also contains a helpful guidepost for judging the magnitudes of other stars … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy, constellations | 2 Comments

Ophiuchus and the Holy Cross

Before the Liturgy of the Word at the school Mass, our pastor asked the kids to listen for mention of any reptiles in the readings today. During the homily, as he preached on the feast and drew in the notion … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy, constellations, spirituality | Leave a comment

The Dolphin Leaps in Dark Skies

Saturday night at the astronomy club, I was introduced to a constellation you just can’t see in a city, Dephinus, the dolphin. Even Brittany agreed it looked like a leaping dolphin when I pointed it out. In dark skies, it … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy, constellations | Leave a comment