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Mary Stewart Adams
Star Lore Historian
Inner Circle Gallery Talk
January 10, 12 pm
Compass Rose of Wind & Stars as a Meditation on the Cosmic Harmony of the New Year —
Mary Stewart Adams, Star Lore Historian, will share the celestial highlights of the new year, which includes the total eclipse of the moon that will occur on January 20-21, 2019, and that will be visible all over North America. In addition participants will work on a hands-on project creating a compass rose of wind and stars.
On historical navigation maps, a “compass rose” usually appears as an 8-pointed star used to indicate the cardinal and ordinal directions. On a ship’s compass, these points were named for the wind that came from that direction.
The sidereal compass rose, or “rose of stars” on the other hand, marked 32 compass points, based on certain stars as they rose and set in the sky. This type of compass originated with the nomadic tribes of the Middle East, who traveled through the desert lands gleaning their direction from the stars, rather than from sailors making best use of prevailing winds.
Joining the roses of wind and stars is a beautiful way to celebrate the new year artistically and contemplatively!
Also, our event is planned in conjunction with the International Year of Astronomy’s 100 Hours of Astronomy campaign, through which events around the world are being coordinated as part of the International Astronomical Union’s 100th Anniversary in 2019 , and to highlight the role of Astronomy in bettering the world.
Begins at 12 pm at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts.
Free and open to the public.