Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Welcome at a new episode of our "space odyssey" in which we are making a journey through the stars and are discovering the beauty and mystery of the 88 known constellations. Today our constellation to visit is Lyra (Lyre/Harp). As I was preparing this episode I realized that I am far behind with commenting on all of your wonderful responses. I apologize for that and I hope to catch up a.s.a.p.
And another thing came in mind as I was preparing this episode. Some way or the other I couldn't get lost of the idea that Lyra had something to do with Nero, emperor of Rome, who burned his capital and watched it burn down while playing his Lyre, as is the story or legend of course. So I really was anxious to find out more about this not so well known constellation.
while playing the lyre
the ancient city of the gods
burned to ashes
|Credits: Lyra (at the right)
So let us take a closer look at Lyra. Beginning at the north, Lyra is bordered by Draco, Hercules, Vulpecula, and Cygnus. Lyra is visible from the northern hemisphere from spring through autumn, and nearly overhead, in temperate latitudes, during the summer months. From the southern hemisphere, it is visible low in the northern sky during the winter months.
And instead of the idea I proposed above it's more based on Greek Mythology. Here is the story:
In Greek mythology, Lyra represents the lyre of Orpheus. Made by Hermes from a tortoise shell, it was said to be the first lyre ever produced. Orpheus's music was said to be so great that even inanimate objects such as trees, streams, and rocks could be charmed. Joining Jason and the Argonauts, his music was able to quell the voices of the dangerous Sirens, who sang tempting songs to the Argonauts.
|Credits: Orpheus playing the lyre
mist covers the highlands
the sound of King Arthur's Harp
mystifying the stars
I hope Lyra inspires you also. This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until September 19th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, a new CD Special, later on. For now ... have fun, be inspired and share the beauty brought to you by your muses ...