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kfiscus
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Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object?
      #5829385 - 04/29/13 12:07 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.


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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: kfiscus]
      #5829465 - 04/29/13 01:51 AM

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

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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: Joe Bergeron]
      #5829483 - 04/29/13 02:17 AM

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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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David Knisely
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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: kfiscus]
      #5829484 - 04/29/13 02:18 AM

Quote:

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.




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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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: David Knisely]
      #5829525 - 04/29/13 03:45 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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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: RogueGazer]
      #5829552 - 04/29/13 04:57 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'?
Brian.


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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: beanerds]
      #5829554 - 04/29/13 05:04 AM

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




Possibly Augustin Royer!!

Michael.


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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: Michael2]
      #5829577 - 04/29/13 06:05 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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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: Qwickdraw]
      #5830012 - 04/29/13 12:04 PM

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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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: FirstSight]
      #5830025 - 04/29/13 12:10 PM

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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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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: blb]
      #5830035 - 04/29/13 12:19 PM

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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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: beanerds]
      #5830046 - 04/29/13 12:23 PM

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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.




Itīs a beautiful sounding latin word, and there is beauty in its simplicity. Itīs an obvious cross in the sky, how would you call it? In spanish we call it "Cruz del Sur" (Southern Cross) and itīs 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.

Edited by Javier1978 (04/29/13 12:27 PM)


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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: kfiscus]
      #5830292 - 04/29/13 02:02 PM Attachment (27 downloads)

The Flame Nebula looks like a Squirrel to me…

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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: BSJ]
      #5830369 - 04/29/13 02:30 PM

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

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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: Javier1978]
      #5830465 - 04/29/13 03:06 PM

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Itīs a beautiful sounding latin word, and there is beauty in its simplicity. Itīs an obvious cross in the sky, how would you call it? In spanish we call it "Cruz del Sur" (Southern Cross) and itīs 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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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5830468 - 04/29/13 03:07 PM

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




Yes, but Luna is a great name for it.


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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: JimMo]
      #5830560 - 04/29/13 03:45 PM

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

Dave


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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: Cotts]
      #5830677 - 04/29/13 04:40 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.

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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: okieav8r]
      #5831214 - 04/29/13 10:12 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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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: mogur]
      #5831224 - 04/29/13 10:17 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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