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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'


      *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)


      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)


      Shih (Sigma Pegasi)

      Fum al Samakah (Beta Piscium)


      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

      TY Vulpeculae (cataclysmic variable)


      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)


      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)


      *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)


      *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)


      *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)


      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)


      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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