The Constellation Catcho
From the Latin word constellatio, the word "constellation" can be used to describe a collection of stars which appear, relative to our view, as being in a particular pattern, a so-called asterism, or a basic grouping of anything in a star-like pattern.
The Greek-Egyptian, yet Roman citizen, astronomer Ptolemy first described a collection of 48 such constellations in the second century. He preserved his findings in his highly-regarded, personal treatise he called the Almagest. Presently, the International Astronomical Union recognizes 88 constellations in total.
The Scotch-Hungarian, yet American citizen, Jay, AKA "The Home Inspector," has over the years recognized many collections or groupings of many things, which he has recorded in his personal treatise he calls A Northern Virginia Home Inspector's Perspective. His thousands of blogs are legendary.
While on one of his many travels and traverses through the universe of homes in Northern Virginia, Jay, AKA "The Home Inspector," discovered staining in roof sheathing.
While such staining is not uncommon in his experience, it is often difficult to determine if the phenomenon is due to current and ongoing, um, astronomical conditions.
Observing what is above and below, colors and patterns, Jay, AKA "The Home Inspector," is in the habit of attempting to determine the present condition of his findings, and report them in treatises he writes following each journey and destination. His personal writings are highly regarded, and very well received.
He has found it best, in his experience, to examine things from top to bottom, and from high to low. Combined with his experience Jay, AKA "The Home Inspector," tries to arrive at conclusions based on what he sees. Often photos can be descriptive as well, and lend further understanding.
Gravity works, after all. It creates dependable conditions that can be followed. Its effects can be seen in the photograph above where staining, apparently created at the highest area on the left, proceeds to the right, toward lower locations.
Directly underneath this stain pattern a second related discovery was made.
Revealed publicly for the first time in history is this grouping of bucket and bowls.
Jay, AKA "The Home Inspector," has named this constellation of bucket and bowls
The Constellation Catcho.
He theorizes that this constellation actually catches the dripping results of water from the pattern of staining seen in the photo above.
Its clever placement seems to have happened purposefully after observances of astronomical conditions in this attic were made by scientists nearby. Fluid dynamics can be very predictable, and when observed over a period of time can often be controlled.
FORTUNATELY THIS AREA OVER A BATHROOM AND HALLWAY WAS DEVOID OF ANY OF THAT PESKY INSULATION WHICH COULD HAVE MADE THE CREATION OF THE CONSTELLATION CATCHO UNSTABLE, AND LESS EFFECTIVE. *
Sometimes nature, and natural phenomenon, looks almost humanly designed. And this constellation seems to have had its own Creative Designer. It is cleverly geometric, and symmetrical, to be sure.
Jay, AKA "The Home Inspector," shares this rare scientific discovery for all to see and to learn from.
My recommendation: some things that happen in nature may not be accidents. This constellation appears to be one of them. While it might take a home inspector to observe and report some such things, it is important that everyone sees them for what they are, and represent. Science is science, dontchaknow.
* Yes, that was sarcastic. There should have been insulation over that bathroom and hallway.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
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