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Silbo Gomero (Spanish for 'Gomeran Whistle'), also known as "el silbo" ('the whistle'), is a whistled language spoken by inhabitants of La Gomera in the Canary Islands to communicate across the deep ravines and narrow valleys (gullies) that radiate through the island. A speaker of Silbo Gomero is sometimes referred to in Spanish as a "silbador" ('whistler'). It was declared as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2009.
1948 "Guinn Smith of U.S. won the hard way -- in a driving rain which caused vaulters' hands to slip from bamboo poles and made Olympic record impossible. Above, Smith's body is draped over bar as he fails on first try at winning height. Next time he made it." (Mark Kauffman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
1948 "Hurdles champion Fanny Blankers-Koen (right) of Holland skims over last barrier in the 80-meter race inches ahead of Great Britain's Maureen Gardner. Mrs. Blankers-Koen, 30-year-old mother of two children who cooks, knits, darns socks and does her training in between, also won the women's 100-meter and 200-meter sprints and picked up a fourth medal by running on a victorious relay team." (Mark Kauffman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Other Things in the Night Sky: When you are gazing up at the constellations & maybe making a few of your own, you may notice a few other things in the night sky. Some of the following objects are best viewed with a pair of binoculars: Milky Way Galaxy - This is the Galaxy that we belong to. Andromeda Galaxy - This is the nearest spiral galaxy to us. Moon - This beautiful sight is hard to miss. Nebulae - The Lagoon & the Orion Nebulae are close enough to see with binoculars.
The brightest constellation is Southern Cross (Crux) & one with the most stars is Water Snake (Hydra). Here are names of some of the other major constellations: Andromeda - Princess of Ethiopia or the Chained Lady *Cassiopeia - Queen of Ethiopia or Andromeda's Mother *Cephus - King of Ethiopia or Andromeda's Father Cetus - The Sea Monster *Corona Borealis - The Northern Crown *Draco - The Dragon *Eridanus - The River Hercules - Hercules (from mythology) *Lyra - The Lyre *Perseus - The Hero
Patterns Inside Constellations: If you are curious about where the constellations came from, you probably want to know about the stars found in those constellations. Asterisms are smaller star patterns inside a constellation & some of them are well-known. Here is list of asterisms, the constellation where they are found & the translation of the name: *The Big Dipper - Ursa Major - The Greater Bear, *The Little Dipper - Ursa Minor - The Lesser Bear, *The Pleiades - Taurus - The Bull, [cont]
Where Constellations Come From: Part of knowing where constellations came from is understanding the people who created them. So, why did ancient man sit down & create constellations? One of the reasons to form patterns with stars was to identify them as a help to farmers. Certain stars & constellations are only visible at certain times of the year. This can tell farmers when to plant crops or harvest them.
The signs of the Zodiac are: Aquarius (Water Bearer) Pisces (Fish) Aries (Ram) Taurus (Bull) Gemini (Twins) Cancer (Crab) Leo (Lion) Virgo (Virgin) Libra (Scales) Scorpio (Scorpion) Sagittarius (Centaur The Archer) Capricorn (Sea Goat) *Some might think the constellations came from the Babylonians because they invented the concept of the zodiac. The Babylonians named 12 constellations that were on the Sun’s path through the night sky.