Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
We are on a space odyssey discovering the beauty of the 88 known constellations. We are exploring their background and hope they will inspire us all. Let us go on on our trip among the stars and visit Grus (Crane), a constellation I hadn't heard of until today. As I prepared this episode I found that this constellation in fact has been discovered by one of the Dutch astronomers back in the 16th century. Here is a short overview of its historical appearance:
|Credits: Grus (Crane)
The stars that form Grus were originally considered part of the neighboring constellation Piscis Austrinus (the southern fish), with Gamma Gruis seen as part of the fish's tail. The stars were first defined as a separate constellation by the Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius, who created twelve new constellations based on the observations of the southern sky by the Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman, who had sailed on the first Dutch trading expedition, known as the Eerste Schipvaart, to the East Indies. Grus first appeared on a 35-cm diameter celestial globe published in 1598 in Amsterdam by Plancius with Jodocus Hondius. Its first depiction in a celestial atlas was in the German cartographer Johann Bayer's Uranometria of 1603. De Houtman included it in his southern star catalogue the same year under the Dutch name Den Reygher, "The Heron", but Bayer followed Plancius and Hondius in using Grus.
|Credits: The "Southern Birds"
among the stars
resting in peace together
And a haiku from my archives with the spiritual meaning of Crane, eternity, to close this episode:
while writing haiku for the world -
the cries of a White Cranes
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 16th at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our new episode, Indus (Indian, a native American), later on. For now .. be inspired and share your haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form, with us all.