The natural world provides abundant opportunities for awe. Not least of which is an evening stroll to appreciate the summer night sky!
Stay tuned on Foray Fit throughout August as we bring you weekly highlights that will help you view and identify what's happening in the celestial sphere.
Pegasus: The Winged Horse
While he may be most famous now for his cameos in the Disney classics Fantasia (1940) and Hercules (1997), Pegasus, the winged horse of Greek mythology, has always been a fixture in the night sky.
Look low in the early eastern sky this week, and you're likely to spot the sidereal equine. Pegasus' emergence in the heavens has long signaled to astronomers a shift in the seasons.
Originally named by Ptolemy in the 2nd century, Pegasus today is the seventh largest of the 88 modern constellations.
For Ptolemy (and many after him), the asterism—the technical name for a pattern or grouping of stars—has been used to relate a mythological story. Sired by the ancient Greek god Poseidon, Pegasus was caught by the hero Bellerophron (not Hercules!) and became his steed. Together, they slayed the Chimera and attempted to reach Mount Olympus. During the ascent, Bellerophron fell from the winged horse's back, but Pegasus successfully flew to the summit. Zeus, father of the Gods, adopted him as a companion and transformed him into his now eponymous constellation in the night sky.
Banner Image: Pegasus Constellation, photo courtesy: starregistration.net
Make a Star Date
The University of Texas McDonald Observatory is one of the premier astronomical observation and research facilities in North America—and is one of the most accessible! From its remote West Texas location in one of the darkest areas on Earth, the observatory offers regular evening viewings and "star parties," which are easily navigated on paved, level paths. And if you can't make it to Texas, be sure to check out their live stream and the fantastic content of their syndicated radio program, Star Date.
Stride and See
In our August newsletter, Dr. Kavanagh ponders two important questions:
Does walking regularly improve our vision?
Does corrected vision improve our walking?
We think you'll be encouraged by the answers!
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