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Is our Sun part of a constellation?
« on: 12/03/2009 10:30:02 »
Wayne asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Is our Sun the only star in the known universe, to not be part of a
constellation?

What do you think?


 

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Is our Sun part of a constellation?
« Reply #1 on: 12/03/2009 10:55:24 »
We see constellations of stars arranged in patterns from our view point in space. Wise men of old saw these patterns and named them; names are a convenient reference. Our sun can not be part of a star pattern we see from our vantage point. Some entity on another star system might very well see our sun as part of a pattern of stars.

Just because constellations seem to form patterns from our view point does not mean they would seem to be patterns from another place in space. The stars in constellations are not necessarily close together.

I guess whether or not a star is part of a constellation depends upon what entity is imagining the pattern to be likened to some physical thing that entity knows about. So someone on an Alpha Centauri planet might very well imagine our sun to be part of a constellation that resembles a familiar Jabba the Hut .  :)
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Is our Sun part of a constellation?
« Reply #2 on: 12/03/2009 11:10:17 »
So someone on Alpha Centauri might very well imagine our sun to be part of a constellation that resembles a familiar Jabba the Hut .  :)
Indeed it is. How did you know it?  :)
 

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Is our Sun part of a constellation?
« Reply #3 on: 12/03/2009 11:43:05 »
Wild guess; how did you know I got it right?  ;D
 

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« Reply #4 on: 12/03/2009 17:22:57 »
Wild guess; how did you know I got it right?  ;D
Have been for some time in Alpha Centauri. Strange people there. However, most of them interested in money too... :)
 

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Is our Sun part of a constellation?
« Reply #5 on: 13/03/2009 11:18:09 »
Our sun is not a member of a constellation because these are artifacts of people observing the skies and the stars are merely associated by "artistic" preferences and not true association.  Our sun is However a member of what is called the "local stellar association" of stars which have a similar direction of movement and age.
 

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