Stargazing in the Caribbean
copyright© 1998 Jeannie Kuich



Five meteor showers score the sky. Chances are you'll see at least one on many early mornings.
On the 21st, the Summer Solstice begins and Mars slips above Venus with Mercury way below them near the northeastern horizon before dawn.

Sun. 7th: Full
Mon. 15th: Last Quarter
Mon. 22nd: New††High tidal range expected
Mon. 29th: First Quarter

Wed. 3rd: Moon and the star Spica in Virgo in evening
Sat. 6th: Moon and the star Antares in Scorpius in late evening
Sat. 13th: Moon and Jupiter in late evening
Sun. 14th: Mercury and Pleiades star sisters before dawn
Fri. 19th: Moon, Mars, Venus before dawn
Sat. 20th: Moon and the Pleiades star sisters
Sun. 21: Venus and Mars closest; Moon, Mercury and the star Aldebaran in Taurus before dawn
Wed. 24th: Moon and the star Pollux in Gemini in evening
Fri. 26th: Moon and the star Regulus in Leo in evening
Sat. 27th: Moon and Saturn in evening
Tue. 30th: Moon and the star Spica in Virgo in evening

          Facing east you may see Delphinus the Dolphin, one of the tiniest of the 88 constellations. Delphinus is just to the lower left or northeast of the bright navigation star Altair in Aquila the Eagle. This Dolphin is one of the few constellations which resembles its name. Its body represented by four stars plus one for its tail swims toward the north.
          Dolphins are revered because of their grace, beauty and intelligence. They have been known to rescue people in the water which the following Greek myth illustrates. The benevolence of the dolphin to mankind has also been shown in many true stories.
          Around 600 B.C. Arion, the greatest rock star known in those times, plugged his trusty guitar into the energy of the stars and performed for King Periander of Corinth for many months. So popular was he that he amassed quite a fortune. Eventually Arion got homesick and asked the king if he could return home to see his family for a spell. The king readily agreed and even supplied a ship for Arion.
          The sailors aboard Arion’s ship knew that he was wealthy and plotted to throw him overboard and grab all his goods for themselves. Arion, upon hearing this dastardly scheme, pleaded to play one more song before they got rid of him. They agreed.
          Plugging his guitar into the sky sockets, Arion summoned up his very best and most plaintive love song which so charmed the fishes, crabs, sharks, etc. that pretty soon all the creatures of the sea were weeping. Along came Delphinus beside the ship and when Arion saw him, he leaped upon the back of the Dolphin who carried him back to Corinth.
          When the ship and its murderous crew returned, they were arrested and unmentionable things were done to them. In gratitude Arion had a little statue of the Dolphin made and placed it in the temple to honor Apollo. Later Apollo placed this statue among the stars so that all mankind could see the brave and friendly little Dolphin forever.

Many other sky legends may be found in "Soap Operas Of The Sky", a stargazing guide by Jeannie Kuich.