Astro Bob's Backyard Astronomy: It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a SWAN!

May 5, 2020

Comet SWAN.
Credit Damian Peach. Used with permission.

Yes, it's the Full Flower Moon Wednesday (and Thursday).

Yes, comet SWAN is moving northward and we should be able to see it toward the end of next week.

But the best use of your time between now and next Tuesday, when you can see the constellation Libra and it's three "coolest-ever named stars," is composing a poem rhyming Zubenelgenubi, Zubeneschmali, and Zubenelhakrabi.*

Zubenelgenubi (zoo-BEN-el-je-NEW-bee)

Zubeneschmali (zoo-BEN-ess-sha-MAH-lee)

Zubenelhakrabi (zoo-BEN-el-hak-RAH-bee) otherwise known as Alpha, Beta and Gamma Librae, respectively.

Bob says:

The three “Zubens” were once part of the neighboring constellation Scorpius; their names are Arabic for the “northern claw” (Z-genubi), “southern claw” (Z-schmali) and simply “claws” (Z-hakrabi) of the scorpion.

More information on the skies (and the stars in their eyes) is available on Astro Bob's blog.