Wednesday, October 14, 2009
For most of the morning and most of the evening I can see both the sun and the moon at the same time. When one's at 11 o'clock, the other is at 2 o'clock. It's pretty neat. Sometimes one side of the sky is completely dark like it's night time while the other still looks like day. Maybe it's this way on America's side of the world too, but I guess there were always too many buildings or trees or distractions for me to notice.
Also, at night I can see all the stars. Every one of them. I've never seen the Way look Milkier.
The big dipper has a different name here. "7 burkhan od", or "7 god stars." Here in Mongolia people actually use dippers all the time. My hashaa dad said sometimes they call them "7 god stars." We call our constellation after an everyday item we never use. They call their everyday item after a constellation. Reverse world.
In other reversities, 7 is an unlucky number, while 13 is lucky. Shooting stars are bad news and a broken cup means good things.
Thanks Anonymous commenter for the Mongolian language info!