What’s a ‘Voorwerp’? & Other Odd Star Notes
The “Green Voorwerp” Mystery Object Under Galaxy Far Far Away
This “mystery object is unusually green, not of any clear galaxy type, and situated below relatively normal looking spiral galaxy IC 2497.” Discovered last year by Dutch schoolteacher Hanny van Arkel, could it be a large reflection nebula, showing the reflected light of a bright quasar event that was visible in the center of IC 2497 about 100,000 years ago?
Mars’ Largest Crater in Solar System Sparks Intense Interest
New analysis of the Red Planet’s terrain using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Global Surveyor spacecraft observations reveals what appears to be by far the largest impact crater ever found in the solar system. http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2008/06/why-does-mars-h.html
Druids fear shadow will be cast over view of ‘birth of the Moon’
According to local belief, the Callanish Stones were erected so they would have a special relationship with a range of hills opposite, known as the Old Woman of the Moors. Also called Sleeping Beauty, it is thought to resemble a pregnant woman on her back, and every 18.6 years the Moon appears to rise through her legs, as if she is giving birth. It then sets between the Callanish Stones, as visitors beat drums and celebrate the lunar cycle.
Hundreds of new age celebrants gathered at the stones for the spectacle in 2006, but in 2024 when it is next due, they are worried it could be ruined by a wind farm. Alice Starmore, a tour guide who has lived on Lewis all her life, said: “Every 18.6 years when the Moon in its cycle around the Earth is at its lowest, it appears between her knees, as though she gives birth. It’s a lovely, life-affirming event.” http://news.scotsman.com/latestnews/Druids-fear-shadow-will-be.4124836.jp