#Starlore Mensa – the table. Named after Table Mountain near Cape Town Africa. Part of the Large Magellanic Cloud edges across the boundary with Dorado. This has led to some to remark that Mensa resembles the real Table Mountain which is often capped by a cloud.
#Starlore Leo, the lion. The stars of the head and front leg of the beast form a backwards question mark, a group unto itself known as The Sickle. Wolf 359 is a tiny red dwarf star 7.78 light years from Earth. It is only about 8% of the mass of our Sun, the minimum mass required for the core to generate nuclear energy.
#Starlore Lacerta, the lizard. EV Lacertae is a flare star, which occasionally grows in brightness for a few minutes due to intense magnetism erupting the outer atmosphere. To a much lesser extent flares from our own sun erupt sending plumes of plasma out into space.
"BIPARTISAN, BIPARTISAN" cried the losers.
#Starlore Indus, the indian. There is an irregular galaxy to be found here called IC-5152. It is 5.8 million light years away which is close in galactic terms but it is difficult to observe because of a single foreground star in our own galaxy blocking the view.
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#Starlore Hydra, the water snake. Alphard is the lonely bright star in Hydra. Its name means "The Solitary One." It is extremely young compared to our sun but it is mature for its age. That's because it has about three times the mass of our sun and it has used all that internal pressure to hurry along the stellar evolutionary process.
New Cordata @Starbucks grand opening they gave me a hard plastic durable lid for my latte. I'm wondering do I keep it? Stick it in my pocket for next time? Then took a drink, lid came off, dumped Chestnut Praline in my lap & it occurred to me where y'all can stick your fancy lids.
Astronomy Instructor and Planetarium Manager. Carpe Noctem.
Octodon is a nice general purpose instance. more