Quote:Any chance he (or whoever recorded the comment) could have confused Sirius with Betelgeuss? That one does look similar to Antares...Jarad
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Quote:What latitude was Ptolemy viewing from? The lower the star, the redder it would appear.
I've also seen it proposed that the human eye might have been slightly different in its color perception back then. And, any double star observer knows how hard it can be to tell if a faint companion star is blue or red. Maybe some variation of that phenomena is responsible?
I'd consider a lot of options before questioning such a basic observation by a great observer.
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Quote:If the rising color depicted the ruddy description, then why were other white stars not described as red? Certainly they all rise at or just prior to dawn in their season.
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