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  • Steve Sloan
    This was interesting. I got this from one of the local Von Braun Astronomical Society mailing lists. Great information for any stories set on a far future
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 27, 2006
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      This was interesting. I got this from one of the local Von
      Braun Astronomical Society mailing lists. Great information
      for any stories set on a far future Earth.

      -------- Original Message --------
      Subject: Re: Southern pole star
      Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 09:44:41 +0200
      From: Gent van R.H. <R.H.vanGent@...>
      Reply-To: History of Astronomy Discussion Group
      <HASTRO-L@...>
      To: HASTRO-L@...

      Wolfgang Steinicke wrote:

      > Does anyone know, if there was (or will be) a bright southern
      > pole star due to precession?

      As the following diagram

      http://www.phys.uu.nl/~vgent/images/polepaths.gif

      , which I prepared some years ago, indicates there will be plenty
      of candidates in the future when the celestial south pole passes
      through the Carina area.

      In the past both alpha as beta Hydri were located near to the
      celestial south pole. Not shown in this diagram is the Small
      Magellanic Cloud which around -1000 was almost exactly on the
      celestial south pole.

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