Half-Hours with the Summer Stars

Half-Hours with the Summer Stars

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...that one is so situated that it is possible to observe the constellation of Orion as it gradually comes into view. One is so accustomed to seeing Orion erect in the heavens, that his actual appearance while rising is a surprise, provided we know when and where to watch for the hero's arrival. One evening, after admiring the beauty of the Pleiades and Aldebaran until a later hour than usual, the writer was preparing to close the small building which contains the comet-seeker, or six-inch telescope, when her attention was attracted by a yellowish looking star hovering low down on the northeastern horizon a few degrees below Aldebaran. It could almost have been mistaken for one of the lights along the shore of Lake Geneva, but turning the telescope on it, no doubt remained as to its claim, as Betelgeuze, for relationship with the stars. Steadily it rose higher and higher, followed by Rigel in the right foot of Orion, and the three stars in his belt. With a little play of the imagination one saw the giant reclining at full length along the eastern horizon, and gradually rising after his long rest during the summer months to bid us welcome. Betelgeuze was an advance scout, as it were, to see that the baneful Scorpion was out of harm's way. Orion, reassured, slowly emerged from his recumbent position, until about midnight he was erect and ready for the fray with Taurus. He rises four minutes earlier each evening, so that later one is enabled to watch this little celestial drama at a more convenient hour of the night. Later in the season Orion will be above the horizon at sunset, making this interesting observation of watching him rise an impossibility. Some argue that it is getting a little chilly for watching the stars, but from the vantage...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236870824
  • 9781236870827