A Historic Brazilian Constellation
Image Credit & Copyright: Rodrigo Guerra
Explanation: The night sky is filled with stories. Cultures throughout history have projected some of their most enduring legends onto the stars above. Generations of people see these stellar constellations, hear the associated stories, and pass them down. Featured here is the perhaps unfamiliar constellation of the Old Man, long recognized by the Tupi peoples native to regions of South America now known as Brazil. The Old Man, in more modern vernacular, may be composed of the Hyades star cluster as his head and the belt of Orion as part of one leg. Tupi folklore relates that the other leg was cut off by his unhappy wife, causing it to end at the orange star now known as Betelgeuse. The Pleiades star cluster, on the far left, can be interpreted as a head feather. In the featured image, the hobbled Old Man is mirrored by a person posing in the foreground. Folklore of the night sky is important for many reasons, including that it records cultural heritage and documents the universality of human intelligence and imagination.
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Tomorrow’s picture: arctic sky arches
影像提供与版权: Rodrigo Guerra
说明: 夜空到处都是故事。历史上的人类文明，经常以他们流传久远的传奇人物，来为上方的星空命名。而世世代代的人们，眼观这些星座，耳闻相关的故事，然后再把它们流传下去。在这张主题影像里，我们并不熟悉的老人星座 ，就是目前住在巴西的南美洲原住民图皮人眼中的夜空星座之一。依现代的认知，这个星座的头部可能是毕宿星团，而猎户腰带是老人的一条腿，而在图皮人传说中，另一条腿则被他狂怒的妻子给砍了，剩下以橙红参宿四为断点的半条腿。而影像左缘附近的昴宿星团，可能是他的羽冠。在这幅主题影像里，这位跛脚的老人有在前景入镜的凡人为伴。与夜空相关的传说有其重要性，因为它代表文化的传承，更记录了人类特有的智慧和想像力。
明日的图片: arctic sky arches