Diamond Midnight: Star Stories

FEATURE PAGES: Learn ancient myths associated with modern Lynx. Read the life story of Johannes Hevelius. And discover the International Year of Astronomy which took place in 2009.

NEW: A page on solar and extrasolar examples of coorbits compiled and mirrored from Greg Laughlin's Systemic: Characterizing Extrasolar Planetary Systems.

The following stories describe several stars found in the Lynx constellation. This information is not copyright. Feel free to use it in whatever project you like, so long as the project is not commercial. A link or APA or MLA bibliographic reference to this page would be appreciated if you use any of this information. Also drop me a line, just so I know who is interested in this page. If the stories are popular, I may add a few others.

You can reference this page as: Urban, Shawn. (2012). 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
Table of Contents
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.

How about experiencing space like you never have before? Visit Sky-map.org. Soon, you will find a tour there created by me. [NEW! Microsoft, not to be out done, has teamed up with NASA and created its own version of Sky-map, which you can check out at WorldWide Telescope (WWT).]

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.