All mocking aside for a moment, asterisms are cool, aren't they? It is so much easier to see the picture than with constellations, which invoke a great deal more artistic license. (Then again, what we call the Big Dipper either is now or once was known as the Plow; no image is universal.) But of all the constellations, Orion definitely rules. That one's a beauty.
[Resume mocking mode.]
As for finding the gospel in the stars, I've never heard of this before. Where does this claim come from? I can make out some outlined patterns, but nothing that looks like letters or words. Of course, if the lettering was Aramaic or something, I'm sure I'd never recognize it.
2/27/2006 4:56:54 PM
I saw this on bash.org today and I think it's tangentially relevant. And hilarious.
<@Vacorsis> The universe is racist
<@Vacorsis> At night you can see thousands of stars, and none of them are black
<@Vacorsis> That's just total bullshit
2/27/2006 5:08:23 PM
Nuh-uh! What about black holes, huh? What about dark matter? What about red giants and brown dwarfs? The universe is TOTALLY \"diverse,\" man!
2/27/2006 5:12:43 PM
okay, if this chick is such a moron that this sort of inanity is a question that \"burns in her mind\", then I'm at a loss.
Ever heard of a metaphor, you idiot? Ever heard, furthermore, of light pollution?
2/27/2006 5:29:16 PM
Last time I checked, humans named the stars and the Earth.
2/27/2006 6:05:41 PM
Isn't it ironic that the planets are named after Roman gods, and the stars have mostly Arabic names?
Wonder what gawd was thinking...
2/27/2006 6:32:43 PM
Seven Sisters: not a constellation.
Big Dipper: Not a constellation, but part of one (Ursa Major), and better known to non-Yanks as the Plough.
Little Dipper: Not the name of a constellation.
Orion: Well done, you gone one real constellation correctly named in your list....
As for her bein unable to see the \"pictures,\" she's obviously never actually looked at the sky or a star map. The big and little dippers DO look a bit like spoons or ladles (the Plough also looks like a plough). Ursa Major, inclusing the fainter stars, DOES look kinda bear-shaped. Leo DOES look like a lion. Scorpius DOES look like a scorpion, complete with a sting in the tail. Orion, most famously, looks like a hunter. Hercules is also recognisably human-shaped. Libra looks like a set of weighing scales. Corona like a crown (as does Corona Australis). Taurus like a bull's head. Crater a cup. Triangulum a triangle(!). Delphinus a dolphin. Sagitta an arrow. And so on.
There are plenty that don't look like what they represent (Sagittarius looks more like a teapot than a centaur-archer, and Delphinum arguably more like a kite than a dolphin), and at least one isn't supposed to look like the thing for which it is named: Lynx is so called because you need a lynx's eyesight to see it.
But in summary: this girl needs to get out more. Her own back yard will do.
2/27/2006 6:52:27 PM
Katt, you are misinformed, the Earth's origional name was Bob, it was changed when the earth came of age at 210,000,000 years old to Terra. Constellations were nemed because humans have a tendency to see patterns in randomly placed objects. The Big Dipper, Plough,or Great Bear is just a group of stars, they don't really have any particular relationship to each other except seen from one point in space. They don't even sing together.
2/27/2006 8:32:52 PM
Well, actually, 5 of the 7 stars making up the Plough *are* a group travelling together through space. They're believed to have started out together as a cluster (much as the Pleiades are now), and to have drifted apart over time.
2/27/2006 11:07:05 PM
\"God named the stars..ever wonder why God only named one planet?..\"
THIS IS ALL THE PROOF YOU EVER NEED THAT THIS PARTICULAR GOD WAS MADE UP BY A PACK OF IGNORANT GOAT FUCKERS THAT THOUGHT THE UNIVERSE WAS A TINY SNOWDOME!!
2/28/2006 12:28:23 AM
Why did humans see pictures in the stars and give them names? Because humans anthropomorphize and see patterns and meaning where none exists. This explains both constellations and God.
2/28/2006 1:25:34 AM
Going through Genesis, I don't even see where God named the Earth. He did name \"land\" though. Does that get your brain cells burning?
2/28/2006 4:21:32 PM
Maybe it's because you're fucking blind!
10/5/2006 3:35:22 PM
7/3/2012 11:42:19 PM
To the people writing the Bible, the planets probably looked like pale stars. They only knew about their own planet, that's why only this planet is mentioned in the Bible.
7/4/2012 12:04:55 AM
Meanwhile, Astrology is bullshit but did the legwork (mapping the stars and their movements) which led to Astronomy and a better understanding of our universe.
Alchemy led to Chemistry, Metallurgy and Medicinal breakthroughs, it again was a least a study of reality.
Religions (All Y'all) have led to continouis nonsense
7/7/2012 8:14:21 AM
For your information, the name "Earth" is a human invention.
1/4/2013 8:36:16 PM
God named the stars ? which chapter of the bible is the named star charts ?
perhaps the conbstellations have shifted and we see fewer stars today than most ancient people did because of the city lights ?
1/4/2013 9:47:17 PM
Not only did God name our planet, but he did so in English?
You are not very bright, are you, katt?
1/4/2013 10:41:13 PM