A to Z: Zubenelgenubi

My last post for the A to Z Challenge is on Zubenelgenubi.

Have you heard of it before?

I have, actually. I’m not just making this up for the challenge. 😉

Zubenelgenubi is one of the navigational stars. Stars we traditionally use to navigate by. It’s one of the stars in the constellation Virgo (next to Scorpius).

I remember when I really first started learning about all that stuff. When I was a cadet on the Ariadne, sailing across the Atlantic Ocean. The skies were wide open and the stars were so bright. Our sail training master has us out practicing with the sextant, calculating our position. We were challenged to beat the actual ships crew. We got pretty good at it by the end of the crossing. 🙂

That was way before everybody had GPS. 😉

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