For today’s #MondayMisc I’ve found a handy way to learn the constellations: while you’re in the bathroom!
Top: Urban Outfitters
This looks the most accurate, with details like individual star names, both proper (like Polaris) and Greek letters for their Bayer designations. The markings around the outside are from a Planisphere so the map is best for a range of northern hemisphere latitudes at a certain time of year and night, but I haven’t had enough coffee to figure out exactly when & where yet.
While the individual constellations looks reasonably accurate – with larger symbols for brighter stars even! – don’t use this to navigate. Somehow the northern constellations of Ursa Major and Minor ended up near the southern zodiacal constellations of Sagittarius and Scorpius. Huh. I like the aqua color, though.
Bottom: The Brain Store
This one looks decently accurate, but it suffers from the projection of a spherical 3D surface onto a square 2D surface so the constellations on the top and bottom are distorted. But you could learn astrological symbols from this if you really wanted to. Odd that this one is from the Brain Store.
Does anyone out there have a celestial-themed bathroom already? I am seriously considering it…