Trivia’s Facts and More (3/11)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  You are invited to participate with the opening question.

Brain Teaser Question

What English word contains all the vowels in alphabetical order?

(answer found at the end of this post)

Featured Facts

The most familiar asterism (small group of stars within a constellation) is the Big Dipper.  These seven stars are the brightest ones found in the constellation Ursa Major (Great Bear).

The Big Dipper is known by many names, including:

  • Starry Plow (England and Ireland)
  • Great Wagon or Cart (Germany)
  • Octava or Salmon Net (Finland)
  • Casserole or Saucepan (France)
  • Big Mother Bear (Russia)
  • Seven Great Wise Ones (Hindu cultures)
  • Northern Dipper (Eastern Asia)

In Canada and the northern United States, the Big Dipper is visible throughout the year.  During each season of the year, this group of stars appears to move in its location.  

  • Autumn:  Lower on the horizon, with the ladle facing upward.
  • Winter:  Resting on its handle, with the ladle above it.
  • Spring:  Higher on the horizon, with position reversed from autumn as the ladle is facing downward.
  • Summer:  Resting on ladle, with the ladle facing opposite of winter’s position.

Photos courtesy of Pinterest.

 

Answer to Brain Teaser Question

FACETIOUS

11 thoughts on “Trivia’s Facts and More (3/11)

  1. I was stumped by your brain teaser but enjoyed learning from it. And the position that the stars change to is new info to me. I never took an astronomy class but I do enjoy photos of the heavens.

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  2. I use ‘facetious’ from time to time, but never had noticed the arrangement of the vowels. Interesting! As for the skies, I love the constellations. My dad used to take me outside to lay on the lawn and look for them — even in winter, when Orion was high in the sky. One of my greatest thrills was finally getting to see the Southern Cross — but I had to travel a bit for that to happen.

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    • Linda, thanks for sharing. I can’t remember using “facetious” in my writing journey. As for constellations, cloudy Ohio can quite frustrating. I remember a night long ago in southeastern Montana when we stopped on a country road in total darkness. The galaxy erupted with more stars than I’d ever seen before.

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