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4492Fixed star alignments (December 28, 2008)

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  • Mark Andrew Holmes
    Dec 31, 2008
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      As of midnight GMT.

      Asterisks indicate alignments that weren't there a week ago today (with a 1 00'
      orb).




      Jupiter



      *Bull's Eye Pulsar (SNR G54.1+0.3 Sagittae; a supernova remnant)

      *NQ Vulpeculae (cataclysmic variable aka nova)

      The Coathanger (Collinder 399 Vulpeculae; aka Brocchi's Cluster)

      *Seahorse Nebula (King 3-35 Vulpeculae)




      Saturn



      Lucida Antliae (Alpha Antliae; the brightest star in Antlia the Air Pump)

      AM Canum Venaticorum (cataclysmic variable aka nova)

      M-94 (Canum Venaticorum; galaxy with suspected black hole)

      NGC 4395 (Canum Venaticorum; galaxy with suspected black hole)

      Denebola (Beta Leonis)

      UX Ursae Majoris (cataclysmic variable)




      Uranus



      Shih (Sigma Pegasi)

      Fum al Samakah (Beta Piscium)




      Neptune



      LZ Aquarii (cataclysmic variable)

      Nashira (Gamma Capricorni)

      16 Cygni B (has planets)

      Blinking Planetary (NGC 6826 Cygni)

      *Kitalpha (Alpha Equulei)

      Gruid (Beta Gruis)

      VW Hydri (cataclysmic variable)

      Polophylax (Zeta Tucanae; marks the obsolete constellation Polophylax, the Pole
      Guard)

      TY Vulpeculae (cataclysmic variable)




      Pluto



      Tao Shou (Theta Arae)

      Ramo (95 Herculis; marks the obsolete constellation Ramo[(the Branch], aka
      Cerberus, both represented as held in Hercules' left hand)

      *Polaris Australis (Sigma Octantis; the naked-eye star nearest the south celestial pole)

      Polarissima Australis (NGC 2573 Octantis; a galaxy closer to the south
      celestial pole than Polaris Australis, hence the name)

      Fellah (67 Ophiuchi)

      Poniatovii (70 Ophiuchi; marks the obsolete constellation Taurus Poniatovii
      [Poniatowski's Bull])

      Alnasl (Gamma Sagittarii)

      Lagoon Nebula (M-8 Sagittarii)

      Trifid Nebula (M-20 Sagittarii)

      M-21 (Sagittarii; open cluster)

      Spiculum (M-18/M-20/M-21 Sagittarii)

      Red Spider Nebula (NGC 6537 Sagittarii)

      *Gomez's Hamburger (IRAS 18059-3211 Sagittarii; nebula)

      DZ Serpentis (cataclysmic variable)




      Eris



      Termes Frederici (Psi Andromedae [marks the olive branch in the obsolete
      constellation Frederici Honores [the Honors of Frederick])

      FX Cephei

      VV Cephei (cataclysmic variables)

      Epsilon Reticuli (has planets)

      Revati (Zeta Piscium)




      Ceres



      *Coxa (Theta Leonis)

      Wolf 359 (CN Leonis; a fairly well-known nearby star)

      *NGC 3607 (Leonis; galaxy with suspected black hole)

      *Vela X-1 (3U0900-40 Velorum; an X-ray source)




      Pallas



      *AM Cassiopeiae (cataclysmic variable)

      *FT Camelopardalis (cataclysmic variable)

      *The Little Queen (Harrington STAR 25 Draconis; a small asterism that looks somewhat like Cassiopeia)

      *Sceptrum (53 Eridani)

      *Adid Borealis (Delta Persei)

      *Adid Australis (Epsilon Persei)

      *Menchib (Xi Persei)

      *California Nebula (NGC 1499 Persei)

      *Prima Hyadum (Gamma Tauri)

      *Phaeo (Theta-1 Tauri; one of the Hyades)

      *Crystal Ball Nebula (NGC 1514 Tauri)




      Juno



      *Deneb Okab (Zeta Aquilae)

      *SS433 (V1343 Aquilae; an exotic star system)

      *BY Draconis

      *Ring Nebula (M57 Lyrae)

      *Lucida Octantis (Nu Octantis; the brightest star in Octans the Octant)

      *Cappa (Rho-1 Sagittarii)



      Vesta



      Mirach (Beta Andromedae)

      Pearce's Star (AO Cassiopeiae)

      Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635 Cassiopeiae)

      Alsafi (Sigma Draconis)

      Alrisha (Alpha Piscium)

      Markarian 1 (Piscium; galaxy with suspected black hole)




      Chiron



      Sualocin (Alpha Delphini)

      Al Salib (Delta Delphini)

      Hinnulus (Epsilon Equulei)

      Aldhanab (Gamma Gruis)

      *Ras Alkurki (Lambda Gruis)

      Ghost-Ring Nebula (IC 5148/5150 Gruis)

      Tien Tsien (Iota Puppis)

      *QU Vulpeculae (cataclysmic variable)




      North Node




      Tso Ke (Rho Aquilae)

      *Diamond Ring Nebula (Abell 70 Aquilae)

      Chi Cygni

      HD 187123 (Cygni; has planets)

      Struve 2398 (Draconis; nearby star)

      Foo Pih (Gamma Hydri)

      Shay Fuh (Nu Hydri)

      Epsilon Indi (well-known nearby star)

      *Lucida Microscopii (Gamma Microscopii; the brightest star in Microscopium the Microscope)

      *WZ Sagittae (cataclysmic variable)

      Lucida Tucanae (Alpha Tucanae)

      *V452 Vulpeculae (aka HD 189733; has a planet on which methane was found in 2008)




      South Node




      *Asellus Australis (Delta Cancri)

      OJ 287 (Cancri; BL Lacertae object)

      Giansar (Lambda Draconis)

      Mawtinah (Delta Hydrae)

      NGC 2778 (Lyncis; galaxy with suspected black hole)

      *Uppsala 4904 (Lyncis; aka UGC 4904. A supernova was detected in this galaxy in 2004 and 2006)

      Hadir (Sigma Puppis)

      HS Puppis (cataclysmic variables)

      NGC 3079 (Ursae Majoris; galaxy with suspected black hole)




      More later.




      Mark A. Holmes
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