I apologise for my lack of blogging – only one post last month, and this may be my only post this month. Finding time and energy to locate, move and re-link the photos from older posts is not always easy. I have managed about half at this point.
I’ve mentioned the Winter Triangle in a previous post, but now it’s time to feature its counterpart.
Two of the stars of this asterism are literally the stars of the Japanese Tanabata legend – based on the older Chinese Qixi legend – Altair (the cowherd, most commonly known as Hikoboshi 彦星 in Japanese) and Vega (the weaver maiden, most commonly known as Orihime 織姫 in Japanese).
The pair of star-crossed lovers are separated by the Milky Way and can only meet one night a year.
The third star is Deneb, the tail of Cygnus. This star doesn’t feature in the Tanabata story.
Finding the Summer Triangle is often part of summer holiday homework for kids. My own son is supposed to go out with a parent and look at it five times during the holidays. However, the weather has not been favourable at all!