Celestial Sleuths Find “Star” and Lunar Alignment Behind Lord Byron Poem


‘Some crafty celestial sleuthing has helped astronomers identify the “star” that inspired Lord Byron’s famous poem “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage.”

Astronomer Donald Olson, a physics professor at Texas State University, found that the star Byron describes in his poem as being next to the moon is not actually a star at all. Rather, it’s the biggest planet in the solar system: Jupiter.

These two celestial bodies will align again on several occasions this summer, and skywatchers can witness a similar twilight scene to the one that inspired Byron’s poem, according to a statement from Texas State University. [A Planet Skywatching Guide for 2017: When, Where & How to See the Planets]



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