Diamond Midnight: Star Stories

FEATURE PAGES: Learn ancient myths associated with modern Lynx. Read the life story of Johannes Hevelius. Discover the International Year of Astronomy which in 2009 marked the 400th anniversary of the telescope. And learn about solar and extrasolar examples of coorbits compiled and mirrored from Greg Laughlin's Systemic: Characterizing Extrasolar Planetary Systems.

CC BY-NC-SA-4.0: The following stories describe several stars found in the Lynx constellation. Feel free to use them in whatever project you like, so long as the project is not commercial and you attribute the stories to me. A link or APA or MLA bibliographic reference to the appropriate page would be appreciated. Also drop me a line, just so I know who is interested in these stories. If the stories are popular, I may add a few others.

You can reference this page as: Urban, Shawn. (2014). Diamonds at Midnight: Stars and Their Stories. http://www.ualberta.ca/~urban/Samples/Star Cards.htm.

Thanks, enjoy and keep watching the skies,
Shawn Urban

Diamonds at Midnight: Stars and Their Stories
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The Stars in Lynx

Lynx is one of two modern constellations — the other being Leo Minor — invented in the 1680's by Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius by chopping out two faint regions from then much larger Ursa Major. Lynx is so named because it is barely perceptible at all, requiring the "night vision of a lynx" to see anything in its dark 5.68 magnitude depths.

The following pages tell stories of select stars in Lynx. Why Lynx? I decided to concentrate on stars from one constellation, rather than jump all over space. I chose Lynx since it is one of the barest, faintest constellations in the Northern sky. I figured if I could show how interesting Lynx is, people reading these stories might be curious about the objects in other, richer constellations as well.

Space is fascinating and worth observing. It is the coolest free show you will ever watch, and even a lifetime is not long enough to see it all.

Please, read, enjoy, look up.

Star Stories

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Do you want more stories and information on stars? Refer to Jim Kaler's Star of the Week page. A new star is described every week.

Are you tired of being stuck on Earth? How about experiencing Space like you never have before? Visit Sky-map.org or WorldWide Telescope (WWT). These sites provide trips as close to actual space travel as you can get on your computer.

Also, a friend of mine has written a series on Quantum Physics and General Relativity for the layperson, which admittedly is a little off topic, but might interest some of you.