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Re: BEGINNERS' STARGAZING QUIZ (QM)

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Fri Feb 05, 2010 10:10 am

The Wikipedia page has a few, including 'Drie Konings', 'Drie Susters', 'The 3 Marys'
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Unread postby pantera leo » Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:42 pm

Just something interesting! :roll:

The three stars of Orion's Belt is called imPhambano by the Zulu's and amaRoza by the Xhosa's! They are associated with three animals usually Warthogs.

The three stars in Orion's Belt is also considered the three Zebra in a tale which includes stars from Orion and it's surroundings according to the Bushmen/San!

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Unread postby Jungle Junkie » Fri Feb 05, 2010 10:54 pm

In Australia - Orions belt and sword are called "The Saucepan" or The three men in a row,
In Germany - Moses' Staff.
Hungary - Three Hungarian Harvesters.
Some countries "The three sisters/ Brothers
Belarus - Three Fishers

In Japanese culture - They are the Fulcrum or Millet & Rice Stars. They are seen as a kind of fulcrum, balancing the rice or millet crops as they move across the sky. As the three stars move across the sky in autumn, they appear at an angle that gives rice a strong weight on the balance; this is the time to harvest rice and plant millet. As the constellation is seen setting in the West in late Spring, the other side of the fulcrum begins to dip lower and lower; this is, of course, the time to harvest millet and plant rice.

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Unread postby normana53 » Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:10 pm

Orion's Belt -
Orion was one of the first constellations that I learned to find as a youngster, along with Cassiopia, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.
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Unread postby pantera leo » Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:15 pm

Very interesting thanks JJ :thumbs_up:

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Unread postby onewithnature » Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:18 pm

YOU GUYS AND GALS ARE THE GREATEST! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: I actually got more than I bargained for. NOW this quiz is gonna rock!!!

To recap:
Q. What are the three bright stars that are close together and that point towards Sirius called?

A. The official name is ORION'S BELT. Thank you Jungle Junkie, Ecojunkie, Joshilewis, Normana53 :clap: :clap:
Then, there are many alternative names, depending on where you live:
- THREE SISTERS: This is one of the most well-known names in South Africa. Thank you Joshilewis :clap: :clap: .
- THREE KINGS: Especially in Afrikaans, it is translated as "Drie Konings". Thank you Ecojunkie. :clap: :clap:
- THREE MARYS: Guess you'd have to hail Mary three times in some quarters when saying this name. :twisted: Thank you Joshilewis. :clap: :clap:
- IMPHAMBANO: In Zulu. Thank you Pantera Leo. :clap: :clap: :clap:
- AMAROZA: In Xhosa. Thank you Pantera Leo. :clap: :clap: :clap:
- LES TROIS ROIS: In French-speaking countries, which translates again into the Three Kings.
- SAUCEPAN:In Australia, Orion's Belt and Orion's Sword (Dagger) together are known as the Saucepan.
- MAKOLOBE: Sotho.
- DIKOLOBE: Tswana.
- NGURUVE. Zimbabwe.
- THREE MALE TORTOISES HUNG ON A STICK; A MAN, A DOG, AND A BUCK; or THREE ZEBRAS: Various names from the bushmen (the actual names in Bushmen language are, to all intents and purposes, unrecognisable in written Bushmen language!)

For some other terms, see Jungle Junkie's excellent post two above mine on this thread. Thank you, Jungle Junkie! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Lots of useful information here, but for the purposes of this quiz, Orion's Belt, Three Sisters, or Three Kings are the most well-known in most parts of the world where our mites reside!
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Unread postby Jungle Junkie » Sat Feb 06, 2010 6:08 am

If I had to name them, by drawing from my culture/childhood they would be "Cinderella & her two Ugly sisters. Cinderella being the star off centre from the other two... Also from what I have just learned they are all pointing to The Prince at the ball - Sirius, their ultimate goal.

:clap: Thanks OWN this is really very interesting - only problem I have is when looking up something I keep getting sidetracked and sidetracked again to a linked subject, then another and so on.. Then I forgot what I should have been looking up in the first place!!!

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Unread postby onewithnature » Sat Feb 06, 2010 7:17 am

Thanks, Jungle Junkie: another very interesting one - Cinderella and her two ugly stepsisters; all pointing to the Prince (Sirius) ... nice one, that I yhink children would love! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Not sure what you mean by the distraction to a linked subject?
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Unread postby Jungle Junkie » Sat Feb 06, 2010 7:37 am

onewithnature wrote:Not sure what you mean by the distraction to a linked subject?


Looking up Orion's belt and the Constellation, started reading about the Pyramids, then other Constellations, then about other "Sisters" in those constellations (7 Sisters).. then. . . Oh yes Orion's belt :shock:

Thats all - nothing weird. . . :redface:
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Unread postby onewithnature » Sat Feb 06, 2010 7:43 am

:thumbs_up:

Will get to the next Q soon ... Watch this space. :popcorn:
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Unread postby onewithnature » Sat Feb 06, 2010 8:03 am

Right, on to the next Q:

BACKGROUND. We have just seen Orion's Belt (Three Sisters, etc. (see above)). Almost at right angles (90 degrees) to the three stars of Orion's Belt, there are three fainter stars next to each other, very close together, but still seen from city environments quite clearly. In the Northern Hemisphere, you will see these pointing downwards fro the belt; in the Southern Hemisphere, they will be pointing upwards from the belt.

QUESTION. What are these three fainter stars generally known as?
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Unread postby normana53 » Sat Feb 06, 2010 8:29 am

Would that be "The Hunter's Sword"? Orion's Sword.
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Unread postby joie de vivre » Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:39 pm

I also think it's Orion's Sword. But, is it not also called Orion's Dagger?

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Unread postby Jungle Junkie » Sat Feb 06, 2010 4:14 pm

It is Orion's sword hanging from His belt?
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Unread postby onewithnature » Sat Feb 06, 2010 6:46 pm

Okay, time for the answer. Reminder of the Question asked:

Q. What are the three closely-positioned stars that are found close to Orion's Belt - but jutting out at about 90 degrees to it - called?

A. Thank you indeed Normana53, Jungle Junkie, and Joie de Vivre (GREAT NAME :dance: :dance: :dance: ) ... ORION'S SWORD it is! :clap: :clap:

And, thank you, Joie de Vivre, for that second name, by which it also is sometimes known: ORION'S DAGGER. :clap: :clap:

As mentioned in the answer to the last question, Orion's Belt together with Orion's Sword is often known as THE SAUCEPAN in Australia as it resembles the shape of a pot.
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