Here’s why humans chose particular groups of stars as constellations

The Big Dipper’s stars make up a conspicuous landmark in the sky of the Northern Hemisphere. Even novice stargazers can easily pick out the shape, part of the Ursa Major constellation. Now, scientists have shown that three factors can explain why certain groups of stars form such recognizable patterns.

To replicate how humans perceive the celestial sphere, a team of researchers considered how the eye might travel randomly across this night sky. Human eyes tend to move in discrete jumps, called saccades (SN: 10/31/11), from one point of interest to another. The team created a simulation that incorporated the distribution of lengths of those saccades, combined that with basic

→ Continue reading at Science News

More from author

Related posts

Advertisment

Latest posts

Nike sues the maker of Lil Nas X 'Satan Shoes' for trademark infringement

In a lawsuit filed Monday, Nike accuses MSCHF Product Studio, Inc. of trademark infringement over the designer's 666 pairs of modified Nike sneakers made...

This is how CatMan or Category Management can boost the sales of your business

Also known as Category Management, it is a product placement strategy to achieve successful retail sales. Learn how to use it to benefit...

Hedge fund meltdown is a (another) warning to Wall Street

Tonight: Global banks are, once again, learning about the dangers of excessive leverage; the Great Stuck may be unstuck, but the Suez saga isn't...