The Hunted: A Native Story of Ursa Major

The Hunted: A Native Story of Ursa Major

The Great Bear ran as fast as he could, he felt as though his heart would burst from within him. The hunters were not far behind. The woods seemed to get smaller and smaller as he ran. He could feel the foam from his mouth dripping down his long gaping jaw. He had...

The Seven Star Girls of Bear Lodge: Kiowa Story of the Pleiades

The Seven Star Girls of Bear Lodge: Kiowa Story of the Pleiades

Many years ago, before the Kiowa people made their way south, they camped along the rivers and streams in the far north, where there were a great many bears. One day, seven little girls went playing among the rocks far north of the village. One girl wandered away from...

Astronomy vs. Astrology: Why Christians Should Know the Difference

Astronomy vs. Astrology: Why Christians Should Know the Difference

Celestial divination. It's a practice that dates back thousands of years to some of the earliest civilizations—the desire to search for human meanings in the stars.  In the not-so-distant past, the disciplines of astronomy and astrology were one and the same. But...

Ophiuchus: The Forgotten Zodiac Constellation

Ophiuchus: The Forgotten Zodiac Constellation

You probably thought there were only twelve zodiac signs, right? Wrong. There are actually thirteen, and the forgotten constellation is named Ophiuchus, which means serpent-bearer. Ophiuchus, also known as Imhotep in Ancient Egypt and Asclepius in Greece, was made to...

The Kidnapping of Persephone

The Kidnapping of Persephone

In Greek mythology, Persephone was the daughter of Zeus, the god of gods, and Demeter, goddess of the harvest. Persephone was so pretty that not only did her parents adore her, but everyone loved her. But there was one problem with that: the evil Hades wanted her...

Paradox in the Sky: The Myth of the Teumessian Fox and Laelaps

Paradox in the Sky: The Myth of the Teumessian Fox and Laelaps

Once upon a time in the days of the Greek gods there was a dog named Laelaps. Now Laelaps was a special dog. He was so special because the Greek gods created Laelaps giving him a special power. They gave Laelaps the ability to always be able to catch its prey. Laelaps...

Hercules Faces the Dreaded Lion

Hercules Faces the Dreaded Lion

A roar went out like a big wave crashing through the woods. Everyone looked up; the birds stopped singing and the air prickled. All within the land knew that Leo the Lion was on the hunt! His mane was a vibrant orange, like the golden sun in the desert. His eyes were...

Perseus and the Birth of Pegasus

Perseus and the Birth of Pegasus

So, you want to know how the constellation Pegasus came to be? Well, for you to know that, I’ll have to tell you one of my stories. When I, Perseus, was a young lad living in the realm of King Polydectes, the King sent word to me and my Mother Danae that I was to...

The 13 Best Telescopes and Binoculars for Stargazing

The 13 Best Telescopes and Binoculars for Stargazing

If you want to explore the sky, a telescope or binoculars for stargazing can make all of the difference! When new students register for our online astronomy courses, one of the first questions they ask me is if I can recommend a good telescope. Our courses do not...

The Peak of Eternal Light: Where the Sun Never Sets on the Moon

The Peak of Eternal Light: Where the Sun Never Sets on the Moon

It might sound crazy, but if you lived right at the north pole of the Earth, you would only see one sunrise and one sunset every year. Since the Earth is tilted in space in respect to the sun, between mid-March and mid-September, the northern half of the Earth is...

Dao Look Kai: A Taiwanese Folk Tale

Dao Look Kai: A Taiwanese Folk Tale

Hello, I am a farmer in Thailand. You might have heard of a group of stars in the night sky where you live—we call it the Dao Look Kai. I have heard there are a lot of different stories about this cluster, but if I told you all the different stories, we would be here...

The Astronomy Behind the Japanese Holiday Tanabata

The Astronomy Behind the Japanese Holiday Tanabata

If you’re ever in Japan on July 7th, you might see many people laughing, dancing, shooting off fireworks, and tying wishes to bamboo trees—but most importantly, looking up into the heavens. This joyful event is called Tanabata, created to commemorate the two lovers in...

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