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Goodbye Neowise (view on black)

01-08-2010 01:30h

Samyang objective f=85 mm, f/2.8, T= 16x5 sec, ISO 1600

On July 31, Aug 1 Neowise passed the Hair of Berenice, a nice star cluster near the constellation Leo. A good moment to say farewel to Neowise.

A hair-raising story
Berenice was a real person who, in 246 BC, married her cousin, Ptolemy III Euergetes (Hyginus says she was his sister, but that was a different Berenice). Berenice was reputedly a great horsewoman who had already distinguished herself in battle. Hyginus, who deals with the star group under Leo in his Poetic Astronomy, tells the following story.

It seems that shortly after their marriage (Hyginus says a few days, but in reality it was a few months) Ptolemy set out to attack Asia on the Third Syrian War. Berenice vowed that if he returned victorious she would cut off her hair in gratitude to the gods. On Ptolemy’s safe return the following year, the relieved Berenice carried out her promise and placed her hair in the temple dedicated to her mother Arsinoë (identified after her death with Aphrodite) at Zephyrium near the modern Aswan. But the following day the tresses were missing. What really happened to them is not recorded, but Conon of Samos (c.280–c.220 BC), a mathematician and astronomer who worked at Alexandria, pointed out the group of stars near the tail of the lion, telling the king that the hair of Berenice had gone to join the constellations.
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8 comments

Tanja - Loughcrew said:

In diese Richtung hab ich gestern Abend geblickt...für meine Augen leider nicht mehr sichtbar...tolle Geschichte dazu Ko :)
8 weeks ago ( translate )

Ko Hummel replied to Tanja - Loughcrew:

für meine auch nicht Tanja, so niedrig am Horizont geht das nicht. So ende März April stehen sie viel höher am Himmel, da kann man sie so sehen am Schwanzende der Löwe.
8 weeks ago ( translate )

Proxar said:

sehr schön!
8 weeks ago ( translate )

uwschu said:

Herrliche Aufnahme
8 weeks ago ( translate )

cammino said:

Herrlicher Sternenhimmel!
8 weeks ago ( translate )

Jean said:

A beautiful image and an equally beautiful story.
8 weeks ago

FotoArt said:

Wir sind gerade von der Terrasse reingekommen, nachdem wir wieder so einige Sterne bewundert haben. Bis auf den großen Wagen den ich kenne, ist alles andere nur schön.
Deshalb freue ich mich immer wieder so Bilder von Dir zu sehen.
8 weeks ago ( translate )

Annemarie said:

wonderful
Happy sunday:)
8 weeks ago ( translate )