The investigation continues as I start piecing some of the clues together. But I honestly feel more lost than I did yesterday. Today I decided to focus a little more attention on the constellation map (item 1:4). And how it relates to the swan (item 1:3). I found out the origins of both these items came from really old books.
The constellation map came from a book titled “Easy Star Lessons” by Richard Anthony, published 1894. The map can be found on page 204 of the book (page 213 in the pdf file). I also found reference to the Cygnus (swan) constellation on page 87, figure 16 “Part of Cygnus” and on page 214, figure 34 “Cygnus, Lyra, Vulpecula.”
I also found that the swan picture came from a book titled “Infant’s Cabinet of Birds and Beasts” published in London 1820. The pdf version of the book does not appear to have page numbers, but the swan is part of the second group of pictures in the book. And shares a page with “The Vulture.”
So now I know where he got these two images from. I’m not sure how much it matters, but it is comforting to have that knowledge and ability to reference these books for future inquiry. So then I wanted to dig a little deeper into this whole swan connection. Cygnus is also known as the swan, and I kept hearing a rumor about a serial killer swan play in Baltimore, and today I finally found a review about it. Actually two reviews, “Blood, Smoke and Ballet: A Night With a Killer Swan” by Andrew Sargus Klein, and “Serial Killer Ballet” by Rowan Fulton. Both published December 2015. The creator of this ballet, Alexander D’Agostino even had a kickstarter for the play complete with a creepy video trailer and another video of a performance art piece. He does appear to be an actual artist with a flare for the grotesque. Or is he an elaborate part of this story? Well I sent him a friend request and a quick message on facebook (eep), so we shall see how he responds.
Going back to the constellations, I also stumbled across another Scott Dance article “Where is Kepler-452b?” And another article by The Baltimore Sun that was linked in the article. And tried the other link in the article only to have it fail so I searched within the site for the “Summer Triangle” for more clues. Albireo, of Beta Cygni (Cygnus) is a double star of blue and gold, which I thought was worth noting considering “Le Cygne” or “the swan” is the 13th and penultimate movement of “The Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saens. The song is meant to be played with a cello and a piano accompaniment. But is very much tied to the ballet and apparently men dancing to it.
Going back to the Summer Triangle, it appears these three stars (Deneb, Vega, and Altair) can be used to locate the Milky Way through out the year. Albireo is a star located in the middle of these three stars during the time frame the item 1:4 constellation map depicts. I’m still trying to figure out if there is significance in this fact or not. And what is the answer to the question Scott Dance posits in his article “Where is Kepler-452b?” My best answer so far is that it is 1400 light years away located in the Cygnus constellation.
Ah… Lyra (the location of the Vega star) is also known as… VULTURE! Well isn’t that something. So Deneb is the brightest star in the Cygnus (swan) constellation, Vega is the brightest star of the three and is in the Lyra (vulture) constellation, so that leaves Altair, aka Alpha Aquilae of the constellation Aquila (aka “eagle”). And then there’s Albireo, right in the center of these three stars that roughly translates to “hen’s beak.”
I don’t know where all that leaves me other than knowing there’s a pattern here. For now that’ll just have to be a mystery left to solve another day.