A reindeer at Jotunheimen National Park in Norway. A reindeer bull features prominently in Sámi sky lore. | SkyNews
The lost elements of Sámi night skies

Over the past couple centuries, much of Sámi sky lore has been lost, but what is known shows a culture that is intimately in tune with the land.

A view of Orion and the winter sky low in the south from a latitiude of 70 degrees north, near Oksfjord, Norway, in October 2018. This demonstrates the low altitude of southern constellations from far northern latitudes. (Alan Dyer) | SkyNews
Reading into old Norse sky stories

Despite mastering the night sky, many old Norse sky culture details have been lost over time

Orion as seen from the Lut Desert in Iran in November 2017. (Parisa Bajelan)
Seven stars, countless stories around the world

Visible from both hemispheres, the constellation commonly known in astronomy circles as Orion holds myriad meanings around the world

The northern lights from a ferry sailing from Tromsø north toward Skjervøy on October 16, 2019. This is looking south with the Summer Triangle stars left of centre. (Alan Dyer) | SkyNews
World Asterisms Project: Stories in the stars

A list of asterisms from hundreds of cultures around the world is now available through The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

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