Posted 28 May 2013 - 10:59 PM
I agree with you about Sagittarius being "The Teapot" and not finding an Archer there at all. Kind of unusual. I think everyone, when realizing the shape of the rest of the four legged creature clearly in the sky, will agree that Ursa Major does indeed look like a critter. Personally, I think it looks more like a leopard, kind of skinny with that long, distinctively un-bear-like tail, but since both North American Indians AND the ancient Greeks called it a bear, what the heck. Maybe a cosmic pin-the-tail-on-the-bear Jehovah or, maybe Uranus (sorry, couldn't resist!), put on him? In the suburbs, without the extra, fainter stars handy, it's clearly a Big Dipper, and that's all. Likewise, Cygnus is "The Northern Cross" in the suburbs, but in the country, swan-city (ha!).
But Sagittarius at a dark sky site is still just the Teapot. There are a few extra drops around it, maybe, but a Centaur shooting an arrow at the heart of the Scorpion? Dude, we don't have that kind of smoke anymore.