What's in a name?


I’ve been re-reading The Cambridge Star Atlas, by Wil Tirion. It’s a beautiful book, and practical… if I could only stay up late enough to enjoy the night sky!

When I came across the list of constellations, specifically Reticulum, it reminded me of a connection that I thought you might find interesting.

You remember Lambert’s line, “…just short of Zeta 2 Reticuli”? Well, did you know that star system is found in the Reticulum constellation, in the southern sky.

And that “Reticulum” comes from the Latin word for “net“?

What an interesting parallel, considering the events that entangled the crew of the Nostromo in that remote part of space!

You can read more about Reticulum in this post:

Zeta 2 Reticuli is found in the Reticulum constellation (sometimes called “The Reticle,” after the Latin for “small net”). It was introduced in 1621 by German astronomer Isaac Habrecht II (who originally named it Rhombus).  and was renamed le Réticule Rhomboide by French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille (in the 18th Century), and later Latinized to Reticulum.

The Nostromo Files Investigates…The Reticle – The Nostromo Files



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