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Monoceros the Unicorn
Did you know that there is a unicorn constellation? Certainly Monoceros isn't a classical constellation, and it's almost too faint to see. But it has a lot of interesting stars and other strange objects in it.
(1) Isaac Newton – born Christmas Day 1642
I managed, accidentally, to delete Sir Isaac from last week's newsletter. But you can read more about the great man here: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art48510.asp
(2) Discovery of Ceres
The first asteroid – later named Ceres – was discovered by Sicilian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi on New Year's Day 1801. That's an easy date to remember. You can find out more about Ceres and its discovery here: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art2172.asp
(3) Isaac Asimov – born January 2, 1920
Asimov is not only a classic science fiction writer, but also wrote extensively about astronomy. One of my favorites still.
(4) Mars rover Spirit
Spirit landed on Mars on January 3, 2004 for a three-month visit, but stayed on the job for six years. She didn't seem to recover after one winter and over a year of trying to re-establish contact, NASA finally formally ended the mission. It was a rather emotional event for a lot of people. Opportunity is still hard at work, but here is Spirit's story: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art48902.asp
*Happy New Year*
My good wishes to you and your family and friends for 2014. And here's the greeting written in galaxies using the Zooniverse alphabet: http://mygalaxies.s3.amazonaws.com/03i57a.png You can get your own messages galactified at http://mygalaxies.co.uk
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Mona Evans, Astronomy Editor
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