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Asterism 61 - Sailing; Navigation

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As water covers 70% of Earth, it is only natural that we use it for transportation, travel, commerce, and food.  Using the winds gave us power over both air and water.  Navigation stimulated science (geography, time-keeping, astronomy, map-making) and migration.  It was European Navigation that finally defined the size and boundaries of Earth.  Our ships still ply the oceans, carrying cargo among the continents.  A sailor viewing the enormous, uncaring oceans gains perspective of human life on this planet.

11 stars – 9 from Canis Major, 1 from Columbia, and 1 from Puppis.

Right Ascension = 06h58m

Declination = -29.1 degrees

Delta Canis Major, Wezen, magnitude 1.84, and Epsilon Canis Major, Adhara, magnitude 1.50, are the heads of two mariners.

The New Asterisms
Fish - #9 Bird - #13 Radio/Television Tower - #15
House; Domicile - #16 Octopus - #22 Grain; Bread - #24
Flower; Pollination - #25 Monkey; Primate - #30 Combat; Conquest - #31
Smith; Metal Working - #33 Book; Writing - #36 Ant; Insect - #37
Gun - #40 City; Civilization - #48 Love; Affection - #59
Itinerant; Migration - #60 Sailing; Navigation - #61 Coin; Money - #62
Airplane; Aeronautics - #64 Farmer; Agriculture - #65 Computer - #66
Friends; Friendship - #69 Horse and Rider - #70 Observatory; Astronomy - #72
Automobile - #74 Family - #75 Factory; Industrialization - #77
Tree - #78 Human Being - #79