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Oct 21st, 2009 at 16:54 GMT
wow. four. my self esteem has never been quite this low.
Oct 21st, 2009 at 17:09 GMT
as usual...i see a bunch of stars with random lines that make no sense as to how they're assigned... i did get one though
Oct 21st, 2009 at 17:45 GMT
I never thought I'd be grateful for the horoscope section of the paper. Aw hell, who am I kidding, I'll never be grateful for that bull.
Oct 21st, 2009 at 17:54 GMT
Could we get some alternate answers? "Scorpio" for "Scorpius", "Capricorn" for "Capricornus", etc.
Oct 21st, 2009 at 17:58 GMT
Is this the quickest sequel release in Sporcle history?
Oct 21st, 2009 at 18:04 GMT
Thank you Simpsons re-runs for the mensa answer. Apparently 1.8% of sporclers are astronomers from the southern hemisphere.
Oct 21st, 2009 at 18:32 GMT
18/52 Great quiz!!!
Oct 21st, 2009 at 19:07 GMT
I have to agree with Jordan. Also Southern Cross.
Oct 21st, 2009 at 19:40 GMT
Still no Jerry or Alan the cowboys
Oct 21st, 2009 at 19:59 GMT
eye-opener! had no idea these new(to me)contellations existed and had such interesting names.
Oct 21st, 2009 at 20:27 GMT
I guess I still don't understand the demarcation between "northern" and "southern" constellations, since Canis Major, Columba, Lepus and Cetus are all clearly visible from the middle latitudes of the northern hemisphere.
Oct 21st, 2009 at 20:28 GMT
@Chocolatl: What do you think Crux is?
Oct 21st, 2009 at 20:34 GMT
Sporcle thinking outside the box for a geography quiz.
Oct 21st, 2009 at 20:34 GMT
@mjenks.......Noone knows it as crux. Google search Southern Cross and then google search Crux.
Oct 21st, 2009 at 21:46 GMT
@sporcleAdmin, play random Contributed game button is missing from results pages of contributed games.
Oct 21st, 2009 at 21:49 GMT
southern cross > crux
Oct 21st, 2009 at 22:10 GMT
@mjenks: As I understand it, it's determined by where on earth the constellation can possibly be directly overhead (which for any given star can only happen at one particular latitude). If you included all the constellations that were visible from anywhere in the northern hemisphere, that would basically be all of them.
Oct 21st, 2009 at 22:18 GMT
A worthy sequel. Two thumbs up.
Oct 21st, 2009 at 23:32 GMT
For those of us who have ALWAYS known Crux as the Southern Cross, honestly, I've never heard it called Crux, can that be added, please?
Oct 22nd, 2009 at 01:08 GMT
I am perfectly aware that Crux is the Southern Cross, but I have NEVER in more than half a century ever heard it called that. Please add this as an alternative.
Oct 22nd, 2009 at 03:29 GMT
@ mjenks: The northern constellations are north of the celestial equator. The sourthern constellations are south of the celestial equator. It works just like Earth.
Oct 22nd, 2009 at 03:47 GMT
The Southern Cross is on our flag and I've never known it's proper name is Crux. I think that while Crux should be the name in the quiz, Southern Cross should also be accepted. Easily the most recognisable constellation outside of the star signs.
Oct 22nd, 2009 at 21:17 GMT
If you look at the comments on the Northern Constellation quiz you'll see there position (north or south) is determined by where the mid point of the constellation is, because most are visible from either hemisphere and several straddle the celestial equator. I think the two quizzes could be combined into one to name all the modern constellations.
Oct 23rd, 2009 at 00:52 GMT
@llewdor: Except constellations are not single points, so many constellations straddle the celestial equator. So just saying "north of the celestial equator" or "south of the celestial equator" fails in many cases.
Nov 17th, 2009 at 18:16 GMT
There are a number of constellations that are visible in both northern and southern hemispheres, mostly those that are on or near the ecliptic. So, a few of them overlap the categories. As for naming conventions, there are 88 official constellations, almost all with official Greek or Latin names. All the rest are called "Asterisms" in the field of astronomy. If you include "Southern Cross" in the game as a name for Crux, to be fair, you would also have to accept: "the possum", "Mirrabooka", "Chakana","Te Punga" and uncountable others if you go around the world and back through time! So get to work, game coder!
Jan 21st, 2010 at 14:23 GMT
Woot, 15, not bad for a northerner. ;) Wasn't sure I'd get that many, but then again, some of these weren't on the Northern quiz so I knew they'd be here. I've also studied (and forgotten a lot of) Astronomy and Latin... Fun test! :)
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