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Myriads of Blazing Suns

The Southern Cross

How to Tell the Time

An Infallible Direction Indicator

Outstanding Stars

Stars of the Centaur

Strange Aboriginal Folklore

A Glowing Mass of Stars

Super Suns of the Heavens

The False Cross

The Southern Triangle

Ara and The Scorpion

Other Stars



the Southern triangle


Directly across our dial, at the 20 to 21 hour mark, is the Southern Triangle, an almost perfect isosceles triangle. It points down at a straight line of three almost equally spaced stars which form part of the constellation of Pavo, the Peacock, the brightest star of which is some distance below and a little to the left. Alpha Pavonis or the Eye of the Peacock, as this star is called, marks the hour of 16 on our' clock

The clock-face is now well-defined with bright stars—the tip of the Cross at 24, the top of the False Cross at 3, Canopus at 6, Achernar at 11. Alpha Pavonis at 16, the base of the Triangle at 21, and Alpha Centauri at 22. These key positions can be used to locate other stars and constellations as they come into view with the changing seasons.



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