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#1 kfiscus

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 11:07 PM

The clouds come in again and the mind wanders...

What are some objects that just don't match or live up to their names. I don't criticize the Great Red Spot too harshly since it's a living, breathing storm. I refer to it now as the "Okay Beige Spot".

I'd nominate the Crab Nebula, for one. :question:

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 12:51 AM

How about the Veal Nebula? It doesn't really look like the flesh of an anemic, penned-up calf.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 01:17 AM

How about the Veal Nebula? It doesn't really look like the flesh of an anemic, penned-up calf.


Uh, I've never heard of the "Veal" nebula (if you aren't just kidding around). If you are more serious, I think you might be referring to the "Veil" Nebula (as in formerly "the Bridal Veil Nebula" as it was originally called). The large main arc section (NGC 6992) is the one that resembles the bridal veil and train the most. The other bright section (NGC 6960) is sometimes called, "the Witch's Broom", as it kind of resembles one. Clear skies to you.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 01:18 AM

The clouds come in again and the mind wanders...

What are some objects that just don't match or live up to their names. I don't criticize the Great Red Spot too harshly since it's a living, breathing storm. I refer to it now as the "Okay Beige Spot".

I'd nominate the Crab Nebula, for one. :question:


I would nominate "the Ghost of Jupiter" (NGC 3242), as it looks more like an eye than a planet. In fact, I once called this one, "The CBS Eye" after observing it at over 700x one night in a 10 inch Newtonian. Clear skies to you.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 02:45 AM

Uranus is the only one that comes to mind. No matter how you say it everyone is still thinking it.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:57 AM

Crux , what a boring name , its only saving grace is the 'jewel box' and ,oh I supose 'A-Crux' , but who would name a constilation 'Crux'?
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Posted 29 April 2013 - 04:04 AM

but who would name a constilation 'Crux'?
Brian.


Possibly Augustin Royer!! :question:

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 05:05 AM

Although we amateurs will never see it (at least in our lifetime)

"Nearest Alien Planet Gets New Name: 'Albertus Alauda'"

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 11:04 AM

Although this name is generic to a class of objects, and not to a specific one, I'd nominate the term:
"bright galaxy"

That said, I do love my faint fuzzies.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 11:10 AM

How about the Veal Nebula? It doesn't really look like the flesh of an anemic, penned-up calf.


Just where is this Veal Nebula located? Is it in Taurus the bull or is this just a bunch of bull?

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 11:19 AM

I think the eskimo nebula needs renamed to 'when I was in Northern Japan freezing to death whilst walking in waist-high snow wearing my military issued heavy-weather outerwear' nebula.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 11:23 AM

Crux , what a boring name , its only saving grace is the 'jewel box' and ,oh I supose 'A-Crux' , but who would name a constilation 'Crux'?
Brian.


It´s a beautiful sounding latin word, and there is beauty in its simplicity. It´s an obvious cross in the sky, how would you call it? In spanish we call it "Cruz del Sur" (Southern Cross) and it´s a simple and beautiful name for a simple and beatiful constelation.

Now, B33 has always looked like a cobra to me, not a horse head, I think the real horse head is in Scorpio.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 01:02 PM

The Flame Nebula looks like a Squirrel to me…

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 01:30 PM

The Moon....I donno, just doesn't seem magnificent enough.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 02:06 PM

It´s a beautiful sounding latin word, and there is beauty in its simplicity. It´s an obvious cross in the sky, how would you call it? In spanish we call it "Cruz del Sur" (Southern Cross) and it´s a simple and beautiful name for a simple and beatiful constelation.

Now, B33 has always looked like a cobra to me, not a horse head, I think the real horse head is in Scorpio.


I agree, Crux, or the Southern Cross for us yankees is a great name.

With B33 I see a knight from a chess set so Horsehead works for me.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 02:07 PM

The Moon....I donno, just doesn't seem magnificent enough.


Yes, but Luna is a great name for it.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 02:45 PM

The North America Nebula is more like the "Mexico and the Adjacent American South West" Nebula to me...

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:40 PM

How about the 'Dark Doodad'? Not that it's so much a bad name, but it just sounds like someone didn't want to come up with anything more creative. :lol:

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 09:12 PM

I've heard NGC 457 referred to as the "E.T." cluster. I never could see that. It looks more like a lobster to me.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 09:17 PM

Stephen O'Meara has given so many objects bizarre obscure names that mean nothing to anyone other than himself that I lost count years ago. Take your pick. As often as not, I read an object that he has named, and I just scratch my head.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 09:31 PM

I've heard NGC 457 referred to as the "E.T." cluster. I never could see that. It looks more like a lobster to me.


I see the E.T. clearly, the two bright eyes, the arms outstretched to the sides, the legs straight and slightly spread.

With all the creative names out there for rather diminutive, nondescript object, it seems to me the Orion Nebula deserve something better...

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 09:34 PM

Why stop a objects. There are entire constellations with nearly incomprehensible names. Coma Berenices anyone? How's about Camelopardalis?

Misnamed objects the "Horsehead Nebula". Does that...

http://www.nasa.gov/...opped_946-71...

...even remotely look like a horse head? Of course not. It is *clearly* the Twi'leh Nebula. Jeesh.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 09:48 PM

What about the Triffid Nebula? I never could see an ambulatory killer plant in that thing.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 09:57 PM

What about the Triffid Nebula? I never could see an ambulatory killer plant in that thing.

I always thought the Trifid nebula looked more like the Pepsi logo.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 11:19 PM

Anything that wasn't named at the eyepiece, before the invention of Pong.

Pac Man Nebula indeed.






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