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Fixed star alignments (February 1, 2009)

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  • Mark Andrew Holmes
    As of midnight GMT. Asterisks indicate alignments that weren t there a week ago today (with a 1 00 orb). Jupiter Bos (Rho Capricorni) *Tarantula Nebula (NGC
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 4, 2009
      As of midnight GMT.

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


      Bos (Rho Capricorni)

      *Tarantula Nebula (NGC 2070 Doradus; a diffuse nebula)

      Rho Indi (has planets)

      *Neper (Alpha Microscopii; marks the obsolete constellation Neper the Auger)

      *Lucida Sagittae (Gamma Sagittae; the brightest star in Sagitta the Arrow)

      *LU Vulpeculae

      *LV Vulpeculae (cataclysmic variables aka novae)

      *Cloverleaf Nebula (IRAS 19477+2401 Vulpeculae)


      Kollarobos (21 Canum Venaticorum)

      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)

      The Box (NGC 4169 Comae Berenices; star cluster)

      Sherasiph (Nu Hydrae)

      Cat's Tail (44 Hydrae; marks the base of the tail of the obsolete constellation
      Felis the Cat)

      Denebola (Beta Leonis)


      SS Cygni (cataclysmic variable)

      q1 Eridani (aka HD 10647; has planets)


      Sadalsuud (Beta Aquarii)

      *Bunda (Xi Aquarii)

      Deneb Algedi (Delta Capricorni)

      Kitalpha (Alpha Equulei)

      Al Faras Al Awwal (Gamma Equulei)

      Tau-1 Gruis (has planets)


      Tao Shou (Theta Arae)

      Atiyah (Omicron Herculis)

      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)

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

      Phorbaceus (72 Ophiuchi)

      Alnasl (Gamma Sagittarii)

      M-21 (Sagittarii; open cluster)

      Red Spider Nebula (NGC 6537 Sagittarii)

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


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

      FX Cephei

      VV Cephei (cataclysmic variables)

      Revati (Zeta Piscium)


      *Zosma (Delta Leonis)

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

      *Alsuhail (Lambda Velorum)


      *FT Camelopardalis (cataclysmic variable)

      Pazmino's Cluster (Stock 23 Camelopardalis)

      *AM Cassiopeiae (cataclysmic variable)

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

      Sceptrum (53 Eridani; the chief star of the obsolete constellation Sceptrum
      Brandenburgicum, the Scepter of Brandenburg)

      *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)


      *PQ Aquilae (cataclysmic variable)

      *Giedi (Alpha Capricorni)

      *Dabih (Beta Capricorni)

      *Alshat (Nu Capricorni)

      *Oculus (Pi Capricorni)

      *Footprint Nebula (Minkowski 1-92 Cygni)

      *Campbell's Nebula (PK64+5.1 Cygni)

      *Campbell's Star (HD 184738 Lyrae)


      *Keun Nan Mun Primus (Phi Andromedae)

      *IC 10 X-1 (Cassiopeiae; an X-ray source)

      *Alphirk (Beta Cephei)

      79 Ceti (has planets)

      *Chi 1-2-3 (Chi-1/Chi-2/Chi-3 or Harrington STAR 2 Fornacis)

      *Metallah (Alpha Trianguli)


      *LZ Aquarii (cataclysmic variable)

      Castra (Epsilon Capricorni)

      The Red-Necked Emu (Harrington STAR 26 Cygni; a small asterism)

      Crescent Nebula (NGC 6888 Cygni)

      Al Ukud (Gamma Delphini)

      S Doradus

      Al Faras Al Thani (Lambda Equulei)

      Phoenicopterus (Epsilon Gruis; an old name for Grus the Crane was
      Phoenicopterus, the Flamingo)

      IL Vulpeculae (cataclysmic variable)

      North Node

      Tso Ke (Rho Aquilae)

      Diamond Ring Nebula (Abell 70 Aquilae)

      Youe (17 Capricorni)

      Chi Cygni

      HD 187123 (Cygni; has planets)

      Struve 2398 (Draconis; nearby star)

      Epsilon Indi (well-known nearby star)

      Lucida Microscopii (Gamma Microscopii; the brightest star in Microscopium the

      WZ Sagittae (cataclysmic variable)

      Lucida Tucanae (Alpha Tucanae)

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

      South Node

      Asellus Australis (Delta Cancri)

      OJ 287 (Cancri; BL Lacertae object)

      YY Draconis (cataclysmic variable)

      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)

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

      More later.

      Mark A. Holmes
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