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#1 tchandler

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 08:08 AM

Utah and Delaware: these are the only two states, form what I could tell, that have symbols related to astronomy

 

Dubhe is the state star of Utah, designated in 1996 during Utah's centennial year. The distance to Dubhe in 1996 must have been thought to be 100 light years. Slightly more modern estimates place Dubhe at a distance around 123 light years, meaning that the light shed from Dubhe in 1896 may actually just now be reaching us. Time to party Utah, like it's 1896.

 

The Beehive Cluster also holds a special significance for Utah as well, being a beehive and all. 

 

But the strangest star designation goes to Delaware, selecting in 2000 a 12th magnitude star in Ursa Major as its state star. There are so many stars Delaware. Did you even bother to go outside and look at the sky? The coordinates of this dimmest of dim bulbs are 9h 40m 44s and 48deg14'2". If Principal Skinner had pointed his telescope here, he would have said "No sighting". 

 

What would you choose as your state or Provincial star?

 

Ontario: Perhaps Achird (eta Cas), a double star with a whitish primary and reddish secondary, just like the Trillium, Ontario's official wildflower, that comes in white and red.  


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#2 SeaBee1

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 09:05 AM

Texas... the Lone Star State... in my neck o' the woods, probably Polaris, since in that part of the sky, it's the only star I can see naked eye in that area, and most times, lucky to do so...

 

Good hunting!

 

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#3 Alex McConahay

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 09:38 AM

>>>>>>> Time to party Utah, like it's 1896.

 

It's always like 1896 in Utah.

 

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(Just kidding, my conservative friends.....I love the place, and most of the people.) 



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Posted 18 April 2019 - 10:42 AM

New Mexico uses a sun symbol.



#5 Crusty99

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 12:42 PM

Here in Kentucky the star that comes to my mind is Arcturus (α Boötis, "Guardian of the Bear"). In the early 1800s a tree carving was discovered on a Beech tree in a forest near Louisville, Kentucky. The tree carving read: D. Boone Kilt A Bar, 1803 . Daniel Boone was a land surveyor and frontiersman in Kentucky, and elsewhere. However, as can be seen by the tree carving, Daniel Boone was not a good speller. 

 

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 11:29 PM

Only real men wore kilts in bars in Daniel Boones day.



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Posted 19 April 2019 - 08:04 AM

Alaska state flag?



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Posted 19 April 2019 - 01:19 PM

Two of the most colorful flags are those of Australia and New Zealand, both of which feature the Southern Cross.



#9 Alex McConahay

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Posted 19 April 2019 - 04:06 PM

Well, many nations with Islamic  roots feature the crescent moon and a star (actually in many cases that may be the planet Venus, the morning "star"). 

 

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 11:18 PM

Somewhat astronomically related is the Kansas state motto: "Ad astra per aspera" -- "To the stars through difficulties." It appears on the state flag. Less related, there are 34 stars on the flag marking Kansas' joining the Union as the 34th state.



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Posted 21 April 2019 - 07:49 AM

There are two stars that matter in New Jersey...Sinatra and Springsteen.



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Posted 21 April 2019 - 10:17 AM

The flag of Brazil features the southern sky, although mirrored.



#13 tchandler

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Posted 21 April 2019 - 06:50 PM

Alaska state flag?

Designed in the 1920s by a 13-year old orphan named Benny Benson, who wrote: "The blue field is for the Alaska sky and the forget-me-not, an Alaskan flower. The North Star is for the future state of Alaska, the most northerly in the union. The Dipper is for the Great Bear – symbolizing strength.”

 

Nunavut, a territory of Canada, has the North Star on its territorial flag. But there it is not the official star per se. Nor is there for an official star of the other countries listed above, apart from stars appearing on flags. I like the idea of having an official star. Some states have official fossils, nuts, and even soil. Why not a star?


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