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Image from page 596 of "St. Nicholas [serial]" (1873)

Identifier: stnicholasserial04dodg

Title: St. Nicholas [serial]

Year: 1873 (1870s)

Authors: Dodge, Mary Mapes, 1830-1905

Subjects: Children's literature

Publisher: [New York : Scribner & Co.]

Contributing Library: Information and Library Science Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Digitizing Sponsor: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

 

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lairich in large stars, chief among them being Antat(the Heart of the Scorpion), and perhaps the mcbeautiful of all the red stars. The word Antarmeans, in fact, the rival of Mars. You will haan opportunity this year, in August and Septeibcr, of observing whether Antares can reallysaid to rival in ruddiness or in splendor the planof war when at his brightest. Libra, which by rights should hold sway as t THE STARS IN JUNE. 567 viern zodiacal constellation one month out ofiivelve, has passed the south at the time shownne southern map. The sign Libra has thirty ;es, like the rest, and probably the original, ellation had its due extension. A foolish storyi,d by Servius to the effect that the originaldean zodiac had only eleven signs, and thatill was made out of the claws of Scorpio. Butis ample evidence to show that both the sign constellation Libra belonged to the earliest Jean and Egyptian zodiacs. ,e figures of the Scorpion, Ophiuchus (the ;nt-Bcarer), with his serpent, besides parts of

 

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ules (head, arm and club), Libra (the Scales),Harms (the Archer), and Lupus (the Wolf), aresh in Fig. 2. e large constellation Ophiuchus is not speciallyesting. It has been supposed bv some to i represent yEsculapius, and by others to be anothercelestial Hercules. Novidius insists that it pre-figured the miracle of St. Paul and the viper, inwhich case the Maltese viper was considerablymagnified in anticipation. The figure is a veryabsurd one, the legs being singularly feeble. Butit must be admitted he is awkwardly placed. Theserpent is quite enough to occupy his attention, yeta scorpion is ready to sting one leg and to pinchthe other. The club of Hercules may be meantfor the serpent, and the arrow of the Archer for thescorpion, but they seem to threaten the Serpent-Bearer at least as much. In the constellation Corona Borealis, a starmarked T will be noticed. Here no star can nowbe seen; but in May, 1866, one blazed out herevery brightly, and, though it soon faded in luster,it is still

 

 

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