Astronomy and astrology?
As part of my project to try to model the CWBP in Celestia, it'd be nice to have some basis for its planetary system: planet names and orbits, for example.
The rudiments of astronomy, being able to use the position of the rising sun to know how soon in the spring it's safe to plant crops, will have been known from earliest times. Those ancient observers will have noticed that some of the stars are not stationary, and doubtless will have given them names, perhaps associated with the gods in their religions.
Entries in the Wiki about the various nations often mention astrology without saying much about it. Recording the motions of the wandering stars (planets) among the equatorial constellations (what we call the zodiac) is likely to be a common thread in astrological predictions.
Valarian's Kalpana system map could be used as a basis for the planetary system, although there doesn't seem to have been a consensus about that (or at least it hasn't been added to the Wiki). Its planetary names are just catalog designations, though, defined by the spacefarers who mapped the system.
Is one of the current civilizations likely to be dominant in the study of the skies, affecting the others enough that its names would be preferred?
Last edited by selden; 08-16-2009 at 01:17 PM.
Well as you know we have a monthly compo (two now actually) but a while ago... last Nov I think...
*** November Challenge - Lost in Space ***
... There was a space map one and we suggested that if suitable then Ansiums (as yet unnamed) world could fit into the map. Well I dont think that was completely resolved but Valarians entry...
November Entry: GRX593 - Kalpana
... was (if I remember correctly) the only one which made an attempt to fit the Ansium world into a system.
So, its still up for grabs. After a few years I dont think the world got named but if you want then this map might serve as a reference.
You seem like an excellent person to show off some Celestia skills and maybe name our world in the process. Does anyone know if I have missed or forgotten our world naming ????
I'm pretty sure it hasn't been named yet. Though with Torq being MIA, I wouldn't be certain who to go to with it; I don't think we ever named a second in command, so to speak.
Originally Posted by Redrobes