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#1 Calvary

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 12:27 PM

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A few weeks ago I was sorting through my emails deleting a few to free up space in my inbox. I ended up taking a tour through my internet history all the way to 2007 when I created my email address. Fast forward one year and we're in 2008, a particular email caught my interest, it's from a website that names stars. I vaguely remember going on to this website, naming a star after my deceased grandma and then never doing anything about it again. Four years down the road I dug the email up and did a little bit of back ground work.

RA: 1H 2m 19s
DEC: -32° 6m 19s

I punched the coordinates into a star finder and found this map:

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This is the star I named after my grandmother way way back. It was quite exciting for me, even if it's not official or anything (at least I'm 95% sure it's not). So now I'm off to download Google Earth so that I can try and find a colour image.

I just thought I'd share for any astronomers.

E: I don't know anything about this stuff, but if you type 15.5792 -32.1053 into Google Maps (night sky) I think you can find it. Not sure though, the two images don't really correlate.

E2: Might have been holding the map upside down as it were:

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could be the right way up ^ who knows?

E3: OH OH! Turns out I WAS holding it upside down, the two images correspond perfectly now!!! So exciting!

E4: Seems to be near a star called σ Sculptoris on a flat Google Earth map.

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#2 Affray

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 12:43 PM

Cool beans.
Regardless of how official it is in the real world, its still got some meaning for you.

What is the name by the by?

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#3 Calvary

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 01:07 PM

I just called it the G Tonkin star, I guess I didn't remember my Gran's first name because I'm pretty sure G stands for grandma. XD

In gtknst2 it's really easy to correlate between the two maps. The computer drawn one and the actual coloured image.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 01:45 PM

Very cool.
I wish I had my own star.
Though I do own part of the moon...

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 04:58 PM

Part of the moon? Wow, how'd you do that? You can probably still get a star, there's gotta be someone dishing them out, I know I didn't pay for that one .^

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 05:24 PM

I shall look into this star business.

I got my slice of moon when I was in grade five and my class bought a plot of land there.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 07:06 PM

That's really sweet that you named a star after your grandmother. Even if it's not official, just that it has meaning and importance to you is cool.

I wish I could own part of the moon. I'd set up the first hotel there.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:23 PM

That's pretty cool that you were able to find it on google earth and everything.
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#9 Calvary

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 06:42 AM

Yeah well I think I got a bit lucky, especially since those maps are down now and they were a nightmare to make. XP

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 09:00 AM

That's neat.

At least you'll always have something to remember her by.

Unless it goes supernova.

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 09:39 AM

That's neat.

At least you'll always have something to remember her by.

Unless it goes supernova.


Then you have something awesome to remember her by.

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#12 Calvary

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 09:47 AM

Well then it could be the G Tonkin BLACK HOLE! =D

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