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dark cloud constellation

Patterns formed by the absence of stars in regions of the Milky Way which have been interpreted as constellations by the Incas and some contemporary Andean villagers. A prime example is the Llama, between Scorpius and the Southern Cross.

The celestial coordinate which corresponds to the angular distance of a celestial object north or south of the celestial equator.

The Dogon, who reside in the Western African nation of Mali, are a people with many legends about the celestial heavens. They mark the disappearance of Sirius from their skies (and the start of the rainy season) in June. Winter solstice starts their solar year.

An astronomically-significant passage grave located near Newgrange in Ireland.
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