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Ursa Major - A Recovering Physicist's Apology

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I was mucking about in the backyard tonight and Ursa Major was particularly beautiful so I tried my hand at taking a few pictures of it. Ursa Major contains the asterism The Big Dipper. I attempted to take pictures of both the handle and the cup, and combined them in the second picture. A neat feature is that the camera saw what I cannot. The second star of the handle is actually a two stars, Alcor and Mizar. If you can see both stars you have good eyesight and would traditionally be allowed to go into the crow's nest on ships as well as special night watchman perks. I can't see Alcor and Mizar, but my camera clearly captures both.


Tree in my backyard and the Big Dipper




Combined Dipper and tree, notice Alcor and Mizar are clearly visible in the handle:
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From:willwrite4books
Date:May 22nd, 2009 05:23 am (UTC)
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These pictures are clearly a forgery. You don't go outside! What's next, Andrew? Were you "running" and "camping", too? I don't even know you anymore.

I like the pics. :)
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From:biggrumpy
Date:May 22nd, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
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Okay Okay, truth be told I told someone to go out side and take those pictures for me.
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From:sneakypeteiii
Date:May 22nd, 2009 06:08 am (UTC)
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Clearly your camera is well-qualified to run the crows nest.
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From:biggrumpy
Date:May 22nd, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
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I am not, but my camera would totally be up there.
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