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Lyra and Orpheus
By Joyce Brite

Every time Jan Kijlstra talks about the lyra, I can't help but think
about the constellation Lyra, the lyre of Orpheus.

 "[Orpheus] was such a magical musician that even the birds and
  beasts came to listen as he played and sang.  When he died, the gods
  put the lyre into the sky as a memento of his music and as a tribute
  to his deathless love for Eurydice, his wife."

Lyra is best seen during the summer months.  However, it is still
visible this time of year during the early evening in the northwest sky
(Northern Hemisphere).  It will soon be hidden from view, but will
reappear in January-February a few hours before dawn.

Joyce Brite
Football scores:  Kansas State: 37 ,   Colorado: 20

(I can boast, because I attended this game with 33 degree F temperature
and 15 mile-per-hour winds, and the temperature kept dropping through-
out the game!  Brrr!  I'm still thawing out!)


(Message sent Sun 16 Nov 1997, 19:03:06 GMT, from time zone GMT-0600.)

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