B is for Bit Depth

Cassiopeia. Ursa Major. Orion's Belt. The Big Dipper.

These constellations light our skies at night, have got sailors home safely, and have been the subject of many a great tale. But when we look north on a summer's night and see seven pinpricks of light that make a giant spoon (I never could quite figure out why it was called a dipper...), there's a flair of imagination at work to fill in the blanks.

Being less literate in the language of the sky, average folks might be able to identify only one or two constellations. It seems like a wonder that hundreds of years ago our ancestors could look at the sky and see a drama unfolding with queens and spoons and dragons. Oh my. 

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