Tanabata "The Star Festival"

July 06, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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~☆ ~☆ 今日は七夕ですね ☆~ ☆~ 


しかも天気予報は晴れです!!織姫と彦星は会えるかな?
一昨日の夜、梅雨の合間に珍しく星空が見えていたので天の川を撮りに海の方に行ってきました。
夜23時でしたが、南の空に織姫と彦星が綺麗に見えていました。そのとき撮った写真がこれです。

私は小さいころ、夏はほとんど毎日星空を眺める機会がありました。
でも、忙しい毎日を送っている私たちは、ほとんど星空を眺める機会はないですね。
今日、天の川も織姫も見れないかも知れないけど、見れなくても夜空を眺めることは楽しいです。
ぜひ、暗くなったら夜空を見上げて七夕を楽しんでください  

Tonight is Tanabata. That's the Japanese name for the Star Festival. 
The Tanabata festival has its origins in China, but it has been celebrated in different ways in Japan for over a thousand years. The story goes that Princess Orihime and her lover Hikoboshi, were separated by the milky way by their jealous father Tentei. Orihime (vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair) are the two brightest stars in the southern summer sky, and tomorrow night, the 7th day of the of the 7th month people all across Japan will go outside and gaze up into the stars to find them. Because, it is on this night only that Orihime's father allows the two lovers to meet. Yup, just once a year. If it is cloudy, and the two stars can't be seen, then legend says that they don't get to meet until next year  But the forecast for tomorrow night is clear, so around 10 O'clock, if you go outside and look up, you may just see the two stars. If you stare hard enough, and you have had enough wine, then you may see them come together for their one night of romance
On Monday night, there was a rare break in the rainy season weather and we had some clear skies so I drove out to the coast and took some photos of the summer milky way. 
 

 

Tanabata MilkyWayPano Done Fantasy Hanko smallTanabata MilkyWayPano Done Fantasy Hanko small

都会では天の川はこの様には見えないけど、夜9-11時くらいなら、南の空を見上げると織姫と彦星は見つけやすいと思います。
図に番号を書きましたので、今日見に行く人は良かったらこれを見本に使ってください。
1はAltair(ひこ星)
2はVega(おり姫)です。
3はDenab(デナブ)と言う星です。
この3つの星はこの季節、一番明るい星ため、「夏の大三角」と呼ばれています。
夏の大三角は結構高いところにありますよ。
もっと下の方にも明るい星がありますが、これは土星です。
図では4と書きました。

I labelled the Tanabata stars for reference. 1 is Altair. 2 is vega. 3 is Denab, which together with 1 & 2 make up the Great summer triangle. If you are looking for Orihime and Hikoboshi, look up high, because Saturn is in the same corner of the sky at the moment and is also bright. I have marked it as number 4.

Tanabata MilkyWayPano Done Fantasy Hanko StarsTanabata MilkyWayPano Done Fantasy Hanko Stars

 


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