The Tail Hair Strikes (darb al-asad bi hulbatihi)
The Tail Hair Strikes are part of the Arabian megaconstellation of the Lion (al-asad). These stars mark the places where the coarse Tail Hair (al-hulba) of the Lion hit the ground as it was running.
Two pairs of moderately bright stars, each pair containing stars that are very close to the other.
ν UMA (Alula Borealis), yellow star, magnitude 3.5
ξ UMA (Alula Australis), yellow-white star, magnitude 3.8
λ UMA (Tania Borealis), blue star, magnitude 3.5
μ UMA (Tania Australis), yellow star, magnitude 3.1
The Tail Hair Strikes set at almost the same time, but they rose three weeks apart. On account of the precession of the equinoxes, today we can expect to observe the Tail Hair Strikes setting in late April, and rising in mid-August and early September, as seen from the latitude of Tucson. (See How to Observe on the About page for more on this topic.)
The Tail Hair Strikes of the Lion do not figure in the calendar of the rains stars.
The Tail Hair Strikes of the Lion are not one of the lunar stations.
Related Stars and Celestial Complexes
The Tail Hair Strikes are part of the Lion (al-asad, الأسد) folkloric celestial complex, which extends from the Two Forearms (adh-dhira’an, الذراعان) to the Two Shanks (as-saqan, الساقان).
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