This week, it’s Sports week at uni and so I have some time for me. So what I’d like to talk about is some basic astronomy for Mauritius.
In Mauritius, we are lucky to have a beautiful night sky. Nearly every night, we can see Orion – the hunter – accompanied by his dog (Sirius – the brightest star of the Southern Hemisphere is part of the constellation of the dog).
I do not have a lot of scientific interest in Astronmy but I like star gazing coz believe it or not, there are wonderful stories taking place in the night sky. Believe it or not, Orion is not standing there idly. Accompanied by his dog, he is chasing the pleiades – seven sisters. However, the great Zeus himself, in the form of a bull (the Taurus constellation) comes to protect the defenseless girls…
Similarly, there are loads of other nice stories taking place if you just care to look out through your window at night.
So, how to know where the stars are. The best software to keep track of the Mauritian Sky is a free one – KStars available freely on most linux distros. It allows you to view the sky from anywhere in the world and at any time; it even allows you to control a telescope.
By the way, if you are really interested in cellestial bodies, contact the Mauritian Astronomical Society.
P.S. I especially recommend the Scorpio constellation – it’s my favourite one.