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Lore of the Constellations: Lyra the Harp

10 Aug 2020, 16:38 UTC
Lore of the Constellations:  Lyra the Harp
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Hello and welcome to another installment of the show that delves into the Lore of the Constellations. If you’re up to date with this series then you are aware we’re in the season of Summer. And with Summer we can find the appropriately named Summer Triangle asterism. At each point of this triangle is a bright star within its own respective constellation.
For this video (click on the link above), we’re going to cover the bright star Vega which can also be found in the constellation Lyra the Harp.

Let me regale you with a story of why we can find a harp in our sky as well as some other hidden details it may hide.
First off, the name Lyra is Latin for lyre, a type of ancient instrument similar to a harp.
That being said, this instrument is associated with Greek mythology and based around a character named Orpheus, a famed musician with such extraordinary talent that he was even able to charm nature itself with his music.
Well, Orpheus married the beautiful Eurydice and had a wonderful marriage until one day she was bitten by a poisonous snake and died from her injury.
Orpheus was devastated. He ...

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