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The Lion King’s Sky — 2 Comments

  1. I have not seen the Lion King, so I will have to take your word for the other problems you’ve raised, but as far as recognizable constellations go, the night sky in the screen shot you’ve provided is kind of, somewhat accurate … sort of. The four brightest stars in the upper right of the screen shot provided, above, form the very recognizable constellation Crux (also known as the Southern Cross). The constellation Musca below that is also accurate. I’ve tried to align this view using staratlas.com (link below). You can toggle the constellations lines and labels on and off, as desired, using the settings box in the upper left.

    https://staratlas.com/#view=23.3,173.31,58.1/geo=-12.83,31.67/date=2019-07-04,17:50:00

    But beyond those, I get lost very quickly trying to match anything else up. The brightest star in the staratlas.com view, above the constellation Circinus, is Rigel Kentaurus (also known as Alpha Centauri). It should be just off to the left a bit from Crux in the Lion King night sky, but it’s not there at all.

    – Jim Cook

    PS. I have no idea if this is just a coincidence, but trying to get Crux at the right altitude and position in the sky in staratlas.com, I found it lines up very nicely setting the view from South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, which just happens to be the first place National Geographic recommends for spotting Lions.

    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/africa/zambia/best-places-to-see-lions/

  2. Thanks for the link to the star atlas. And yes, I see much as you do. An even bigger beef is how the sky in the image above is an almost uniform see of faint (but not-that-faint) stars. It is as if the entire sky is the Milky Way.

    (I can just imagine the eyes of those who made The Lion King glazing over right now. Or just rolling.)

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