Hello, lovely hearters!🌠 The night sky holds many secrets but our ancestors thought that behind every constellation there is a story. I hope you enjoy reading about some of them :))

| Corona Borealis🌠

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Corona Borealis, also known as the Northern Crown, is a small constellation as the name suggest placed in the northern sky. There are different tales linked to Corona Borealis, but the best known is from the Greek mythology. Minos, the ruler had a son, a creature described as fearsome - the Minotaur: half-man, half-bull, who required the sacrifice of number of Athenians in order to be fed. The famous architect Daedalus created a complex and full of twists labyrinth, so that the creature wouldn't create havoc. Ariadne, the daughter of Minos, falls in love with Theseus, an athenian hero decides to face the creature. From here there are different versions of this myth but what they all agree upon is that Dionysus, the god of wine, is the one who gives Ariadne the northern crown.

| Andromeda🌠

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This constellation bares the name of an character from the Greek mythology - Andromeda, daughter of Queen Cassiopeia and King Cepheus of Ethiopia (aka Philistia). The queen, Andromeda's mother, angered the gods with her vanity. She proclaimed herself to be more beautiful than the Nereids (sea nymphs) and this displeased Poseidon. In an attempt, to cool the god's anger, Cassiopeia, chained her own daughter (Andromeda) to a rock, offering her as a sacrifice to the sea monster known as The Kraken. Andromeda was rescued by the hero Perseus, who defeated the Kraken using Medusa's severed head and turning the monster into stone. Their tale continued with Andromeda and Perseus getting married and with their son Perses, who founded the kingdom of Persia.

  • Bonus: As for meteor showers, The Andromedids are in a corelation with this constellation, even though this meteor shower is known for its' dullness (each year: from October 26th to November 20th, peaks on: the 8th peaks, less than two meteors per hour).

| Ursa Major & Ursa Minor🌠

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Zeus, the main deity in Greek mythology, fell in love with the beautiful nymph Callisto, with whom he had a son - Arcas. Hera, the goddess of women, marriage, and family, and also Zeus' lawful wife, was enraged by this. In her anger, she turned Callisto into a bear as punishment. Callisto ran wildly into the woods, until one day she saw her son Arcas wandering in the forest. As his mother, she tried approaching him but instead of warm words out her mouth came just growling. The young man, afraid of this beast, took out his spear and aimed it at the bear. Zeus, trying to protect Callisto from their son, transformed Arcas also in a bear, then took them by the tails and placed them up in the northern sky, safe from Hera. Supposedly, that's why the tails of those constellations are longer.

  • Bonus: There are 3 meteor showers associated with the Ursa Major constellation: – Alpha Ursa Majorids (active from August 9th to 30th, peaks on: 13/14th, around 4 meteors per hour); Kappa Ursae Majorids, (Between 2nd-9th of November, peaks on: the 5th, a mere 1 meteor per hour); Ursids ( between December 17th to 24th, peaks on: the 23rd with up to 10 meteors per hour).

| Draco🌠

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This constellation is said to be in association with several myths, out of which best-known is probably the one about Ladon, Hera's dragon. Many moon cicles ago, for Hera and Zeus' wedding, they received golden apple threes as a gift from the goddess Gaia. They were concidered a great gift, since it was said that whoever eats them, it granted immortality. The gods placed this wonderful gift in the Garden of the Hesperides, and Hera tasked the dragon Ladon with guarding them. As his 11th Labor, the mighty hero Hercules had to steal a golden apple from the Garden of the Hesperides, facing the fiersome hundred headed dragon.

  • Bonus: A meteor shower, the Draconids, is associated with the constellation. This meteor shower is active in October, and usually peaks around 7th/8th when 10-20 meteors per hour can be seen.

| The Phoenix🌠

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This beautiful creature is a secred firebird, known in a number of ancient mythologies, including those of the Arabs, Chinese, Egyptians, Greeks, Persians, Romans, Indians, and Turks. This mythical bird was believed to have a lifespan between 500 to 1,400 years. It was believed that when the sacred firebird senses it demise is near, it creates a nest for itself in a palm tree with cinnamon bark and incense. Then, in it's final moments the phoenix bursts into flames, only for a new firebird to be born from its predecessor’s ashes, with the whole process taken to symbolize rebirth and immortality.

  • Bonus: Two meteor showers are associated with this constellation. The Phoenicids - best seen in the Southern Hemisphere from 29th November to 9th December, with the shower peaking around 5/6th December, with approximately 5 meteors per hour. The other minor meteor shower associated with the Phoenix constellation is called the July Phoenicid, whose peak on July 14th only results in around one meteor per hour.

Thank you for reading! :)
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R 🌠