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    Another Astronomy Picture of the Day that has relevance for the guild. Here's an ancient star map:

    http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap090619.html

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    Looks like it was done on GIMP. Prob version 1.0 being that old.

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    Beautiful! I see a Scorpius-looking thing, and a Big-Dipper-looking thing ... probably totally different constellations, though.

    Very pretty. Thanks Torstan!

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    Yes, the Chinese identified Scorpio as a Dragon. I don't know how much overlap there was -- ie how many of Scorpio's stars are in the Dragon and vice versa.
    It is interesting that the seemingly arbitrarily link stars are seen as a single unit by independent observers.

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