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#1 steven40

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Posted 22 February 2020 - 09:56 PM

Hey folks,

 

While I've got an exposure of the Rosette Nebula happening outside (NGC 2237) I was poking around on Wikipedia and discovered that it has been designated as the official state astronomical object of Oklahoma, back in April 2019. You can google House Bill 1292.

 

What the heck is a state astronomical object? Does anyone know what THEIR state astronomical object is?

 

At any rate, should make a good Jeopardy question.........

 

Steve


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#2 RyanSem

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Posted 22 February 2020 - 10:16 PM

That's neat! Oklahoma's state flower is the Rose so that makes sense. 

 

Can't find any information for PA. Will look for other states. 



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Posted 22 February 2020 - 10:27 PM

Good question. I don't have a clue what the Texas astronomical object is.  One of our popular state songs lyrics are "The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas" .  Maybe our object should either be "Stars" or maybe "heart" as in the Heart Nebula. idea.gif   



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Posted 22 February 2020 - 11:12 PM

Louisiana's is the Wild Duck Cluster that we shoot out of the skies during duck season.


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Posted 22 February 2020 - 11:51 PM

No doubt ours would be a 9000W Xenon "Security Light".    Tom


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Posted 23 February 2020 - 10:06 AM

A few years ago when Indiana celebrated it's Bicentennial,  the star Scheat (one of the corner star's in the Great Square of Pegasus) was declared Indiana's Bicentennial Star. Why, because Scheat is approximately 200 light years away from earth. So the starlight that left Scheat 200 years ago when Indiana became a state--light that is traveling at 186,000 miles per second--is just now reaching our eyes now.


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Posted 23 February 2020 - 10:28 AM

I wonder if Georgia has one.  If not, we should pick one.  Probably something so far south that Yankees cannot see it.  Omega Centauri?  Canopus?


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Posted 23 February 2020 - 01:10 PM

How bizarre. It must be related to Rose stones being the OK state rock. How that translates to the nebula, I haven’t a clue.

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Posted 23 February 2020 - 01:21 PM

We have an asteroid named after us...

https://en.m.wikiped...g/wiki/439_Ohio

#10 MikeBOKC

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Posted 24 February 2020 - 06:01 AM

Yes it is connected to the rose rock, which is very distinctive. And if you come on down we will fill you up with the official chicken fried steak meal!


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Posted 24 February 2020 - 06:06 AM

Yes it is connected to the rose rock, which is very distinctive. And if you come on down we will fill you up with the official chicken fried steak meal!

I slowly get it

So it is not The Seven Sisters (Pleiades), but the Seven Fried Chickens.

 

Very good,

JG


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Posted 24 February 2020 - 07:01 AM

If North Carolina has one, it's probably clouds....

 

Jim H. 


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Posted 24 February 2020 - 07:41 AM

Can't find any information for PA.

Maybe a Herculean asterism would be a good choice?

 

Kembles Cascade might be good for Ontario with all of those clear, northern rivers. 



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Posted 24 February 2020 - 08:18 AM

Yes it is connected to the rose rock, which is very distinctive. And if you come on down we will fill you up with the official chicken fried steak meal!


I grew up on chicken fried steak. Had to move to save my heart.


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