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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: mogur]
      #5831249 - 04/29/13 10:31 PM

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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...

Jon


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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: kfiscus]
      #5831254 - 04/29/13 10:34 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/images/content/742879main_hubble_horsehead_cropped_946-71...

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

- Jim

Edited by jrbarnett (04/29/13 10:36 PM)


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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: kfiscus]
      #5831282 - 04/29/13 10:48 PM

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

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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: Joe Bergeron]
      #5831298 - 04/29/13 10:57 PM

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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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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: krp]
      #5831408 - 04/30/13 12:19 AM

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

Pac Man Nebula indeed.


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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: RogueGazer]
      #5831781 - 04/30/13 08:46 AM

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




I don't. (See sig...)

Yea, as Jim said, the constellations. Some really look right, like Scorpio and Leo, and Sagittarius the t-pot. But Cassiopeia looks like the letter "W" which looks like the letter "M." Taurus looks like the letter "A," Corona Borealis the letter "C." So maybe we could rename all the stars using the English alphabet. Left over stars could be punctuation marks. That would make the naming convention much easier pronounce (I still cannot pronounce many of them.) Sounds good to me, but that would be boring, too.

Edited by Asbytec (04/30/13 09:15 AM)


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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: davidpitre]
      #5832211 - 04/30/13 12:38 PM

Canis Minor. Come on, just two stars. Should be called "The Line."

Also Coma Berenices. No hair there as far as I can see.


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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5832250 - 04/30/13 12:50 PM

Let's call Messier 42 the Dustpan or Handheld Fan nebula.

I learned NGC-457 as the Owl cluster.

And I have named NGC-2903 the Pizza Dough galaxy. The longer I look at it, the more it spreads outward as if God were working the dough to the edge of the pan. He likes pepperoni and swiss cheese only.


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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5832286 - 04/30/13 01:04 PM

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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/images/content/742879main_hubble_horsehead_cropped_946-71...

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

- Jim



The Horsehead Nebula that looks like a Horse's head.

I think you are on to something, some of those constellation names don't make a lot of sense. But why stop there...

Does anyone really thing the "Sun" and the "Moon" are appropriate names? They deserve something more majestic, more all encompassing. And the Sky... it might be alright for some planetarium software...



Jon


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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: RussL]
      #5833079 - 04/30/13 07:39 PM

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Canis Minor. Come on, just two stars. Should be called "The Line."





love it


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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: mogur]
      #5833124 - 04/30/13 08:10 PM

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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.



Well you are close. It is a crawfish.


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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: Joe Bergeron]
      #5833154 - 04/30/13 08:27 PM

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




They named the plant is named from it's origins in space


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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: wirenut]
      #5833412 - 04/30/13 10:58 PM

Getting into the area of obsolete constellations... "Turdus Solitarius." It was a Thrush sitting on the end of Hydra's tail. Later the spot was occupied by Noctua the Owl, now nothing. But nothing has to be better than "Turdus."
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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: bumm]
      #5833440 - 04/30/13 11:20 PM

Ngc457 is also known as the Owl Cluster.

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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: kfiscus]
      #5833552 - 05/01/13 01:27 AM

I nominate "Great Globular Cluster in Hercules." Since I just got to see it for the first time since last August, it is on my mind. I don't see what's so great about it. Maybe it is just my poor skies, but I have barely been able to tease out even a hint of texture in M13.

When I first managed to see texture, resolving a hint of individual stars in a globular, it blew my mind. My journal entries for globs like M22 are full of exclamation points, but my remark for M13 just says "bigger than other globulars?"


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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: bumm]
      #5833680 - 05/01/13 05:21 AM

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Nothing has to be better than "Turdus."




Well, there is an official constellation called The Poop.


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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: panhard]
      #5833681 - 05/01/13 05:22 AM

The owl cluster is a good example of the power of suggestion.
I once had a couple groups of neighbors over to view, I told the first five it was the owl cluster, and to the last each and everyone saw an Owl, I told the second bunch it was the ET cluster, and again to the last one they all saw ET, LOL


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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: Michael2]
      #5833702 - 05/01/13 06:09 AM

but still 104 square degrees , the smallest constilation in the sky , every newby I have pointed it out to have looked at me funny and said , it looks like a 'Kite' on its side not a Crutch ! , ya gotta laugh .
But thanks for the info Michael .
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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: panhard]
      #5833746 - 05/01/13 07:06 AM

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Ngc457 is also known as the Owl Cluster.




Stellarium names it the Dragon Fly.


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Re: Most Poorly Named Night Sky Object? new [Re: beanerds]
      #5833779 - 05/01/13 07:45 AM

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Every newby I have pointed it out to have looked at me funny and said , it looks like a 'Kite' on its side not a Crutch




Yes, they look very much like a kite. And, to my mind, not even a little bit like a cross.


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