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“Protection. Conservation. Restriction. Deep ecology. Give me deep technology any day. They don't scare me. "I'm damned if I'll crawl, my children's children crawl on the earth in some kind a fuckin' harmony with the environment. Yeah, till the next ice age or the next asteroid impact." (Moh Kohn, The Star Fraction)/ "This is the fight between God and the Devil. If His Grace is with God, he must join me, if he is for the Devil he must fight me. There is no third way" King Gustavus Adolphus

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University graduate, currently working as an Information Assistant for the NHS. Interested in politics, history, sci fi etc.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Birthday Blogging

My birthday cake, inspired by @ProfBrianCox and his show BBC Stargazing Live earlier this month. The constellation is Aquarius.

Planetary systems

* Gliese 876 is the first planetary system found around a red dwarf star. The planetary system has four planets, including one terrestrial planet 6.6 times the mass of Earth.
* 91 Aquarii b is a planet found around the orange giant star. Its mass is 2.9 times Jupiter and the semimajor axis of its orbit is 0.3 AU.
* Gliese 849 b is the first long-period Jupiter-like planet found around the red dwarf star. Its mass is 0.82 times Jupiter and the semimajor axis of its orbit is 2.35 AU.

Deep sky objects

There are three deep sky objects that are on the Messier catalog: the globular clusters Messier 2, Messier 72, and the open cluster Messier 73. Two well-known planetary nebulae are located in Aquarius: the Saturn Nebula (NGC 7009), to the southwest of η Aquarii; and the famous Helix Nebula (NGC 7293), southwest of δ Aquarii.

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