Stars

Anchoring Starlight: Merope

Introduction Welcome to the first session of Anchoring Starlight – Series 3.  Below you will find some background information about our first star Merope and, once it is uploaded, the recording of our webinar. It is divided into the talk (with the letter T after the file number) and the inner journey (with the letter J after the …

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Anchoring Starlight: Betelgeuse

Astronomy Betelgeuse (pronounced BETL–jooz), currently the brightest star in the constellation of Orion the Hunter, is about 640 light years away.  Currently – because this huge star (also known as Alpha Orionis), is a red supergiant that fluctuates between 300 and 400 times or more the diameter of the Sun, so that around 1850 it was …

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Anchoring Starlight: Arcturus

Arcturus is the fourth-brightest star in the sky. Its diameter is about 27 times that of the Sun, but its mass is similar. It is thought that several billion years from now our Sun will become like Arcturus. It lies 36 light years away in the constellation of Bootes, the Herdsman. Arcturus means bear-guard, for …

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Anchoring Starlight: Alcyone

SJ01-Alcyone1-Download-EstoreAlcyone is a brilliant star, emitting a thousand time the light of our Sun. Early arabic astronomers gave it names meaning Central One, Bright One and Walnut. For Indians it was Arundhati, wife of Vashishtha or Brahma who with their six sons are the seven rishis who make up the seven stars of the Plough.  The name Alcyone was thought by the ancient Greeks be connected with Halcyon, the kingfisher.  In one of their myths Alcyone lost her husband in a storm at sea and the gods, taking pity on them both, changed them into kingfishers.  Ever since there have been seven days of calm, the halcyon days, around the winter solstice.

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