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Caption: Honourable mention in the 2022 IAU OAE Astrophotography Contest, category Time lapses of celestial patterns.


This time-lapse video was shot in January 2018 from the Joshua Tree National Park, USA, and follows the path of Canopus, the second-brightest star in the night sky, as it moves from left to right, almost touching the horizon. The landscape is illuminated by the Moon. 

Canopus is associated with the rudder of the ancient Argo constellation, the Ship, nowadays split into the three modern constellations Vela, Puppis and Carina, the last of which contains Canopus.

Owing to its brightness, Canopus has caught the attention of several cultures around the world throughout history. For instance, the Navajo people of North America named the star as the Coyote, and say that the coyote took part in the creation of the Universe. The Kalapalo people of Brazil associated Canopus with a duck, with other bright stars making up the body parts of the animal. The appearance of Canopus in the sky indicates the coming of the rainy season.

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Credit: Fabrizio Melandri/IAU OAE
DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.7425676
Related glossary terms: Constellation
Categories: Naked Eye Astronomy

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Caption: Lobende Erwähnung im IAU OAE Astrofoto-Wettbewerb 2022, Kategorie Zeitraffervideos von Himmelsmustern.

Dieses Zeitraffervideo wurde im Januar 2018 im Joshua-Tree-Nationalpark in den USA aufgenommen und zeigt die Bahn von Canopus, dem zweithellsten Stern am Nachthimmel, wie er sich von links nach rechts über den Himmel bewegt und dabei fast den Horizont berührt. Die Landschaft wird vom Mond beleuchtet.

Canopus wird mit dem Ruder im antiken Sternbild des Schiffs Argo in Verbindung gebracht, das heute in die drei modernen Sternbilder Vela, Puppis und Carina aufgeteilt ist, wobei Canopus in letzterem enthalten ist.

Aufgrund seiner Helligkeit hat Canopus im Laufe der Geschichte die Aufmerksamkeit verschiedener Kulturen auf der ganzen Welt auf sich gezogen. Das nordamerikanische Volk der Navajo beispielsweise nannte den Stern den Kojoten. Nach ihrer Vorstellung war der Kojote an der Erschaffung des Universums beteiligt. Das Kalapalo-Volk in Brasilien assoziierte Canopus mit einer Ente, wobei andere helle Sterne die Körperteile des Tieres darstellten. Das Erscheinen von Canopus am Himmel deutet auf den Beginn der Regenzeit hin.
Credit: Fabrizio Melandri/IAU OAE
Related glossary terms: Sternbild
Caption translation status: Not yet approved by a reviewer
Caption translators: Carolin Liefke

Caption: Menzione d'onore al concorso di astrofotografia IAU OAE 2022, categoria Riprese temporizzate di disegni celesti.

Questo video in time-lapse è stato girato nel gennaio 2018 dal Joshua Tree National Park, negli Stati Uniti, e segue il percorso di Canopo, la seconda stella più luminosa del cielo notturno, mentre si muove da sinistra a destra, quasi toccando l'orizzonte. Il paesaggio è illuminato dalla Luna.

Canopo è associato al timone dell'antica costellazione di Argo, la Nave, oggi suddivisa nelle tre costellazioni moderne Vela, Puppis e Carina, l'ultima delle quali contiene Canopo.

Grazie alla sua luminosità, Canopo ha attirato l'attenzione di diverse culture del mondo nel corso della storia. Per esempio, i Navajo del Nord America chiamano la stella Coyote e sostengono che il coyote abbia partecipato alla creazione dell'Universo. Il popolo brasiliano dei Kalapalo associava Canopo a un'anatra, mentre altre stelle luminose costituivano le parti del corpo dell'animale. La comparsa di Canopo nel cielo indica l'arrivo della stagione delle piogge.
Credit: Fabrizio Melandri/IAU OAE
Related glossary terms: Costellazione
Caption translation status: Approved by a reviewer
Caption translators: Giuliana Giobbi
Caption reviewers: Rodolfo Canestrari