Taurus - Laser Cut Wall Art

Taurus

"By all rights, it is it's own constellation and deserves to be cut out as well (so that's what I did)."
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2014

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In trying to think of something nice to get an old friend of mine, while also staying in my budget of almost no money and that I could accomplish between graduate school classes. Thankfully I have access to a laser cutter, which means I was able to put something together that didn't require too much time (after all the prep work was finished).

My friend is a big fan of Astrology, and I tend to lean more to the Astronomy side of things, so I figured I could make him a mash up of both worlds. I went out and found a constellation map for Taurus (in svg format which was nice). The page I found that on also contained an svg of the zodiac sign (which turned out to be quite helpful). Then I found a website which is working on scanning and uploading really nice constellation engravings from the 17th century, thanks Hubble & STSCI!

I went through a ton of reference images and found that there's really no consensus on what the "official" Taurus constellation is. Some people include the Pleiades, some people add additional stars to the hooves, it was a bit of a hodge-podge.

In the end, I made a bit of a concession. The two star maps that were the most popular only differed by whether or not they connected the Pleiades (and where they connected it from). I decided to cut out Pleiades like it was part of the constellation, and not connect it to the other stars via the constellation line I was drawing. I felt this still let it be part of the constellation without the difficulty of deciding where to connect it, or if I should include it. By all rights, it is it's own constellation and deserves to be cut out as well (so that's what I did).