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December 30 2013 Astronomy Newsletter


Hi everybody

Here's the latest article from the Astronomy site at BellaOnline.com.

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.

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art182324.asp

*Anniversaries*

(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

To participate in online discussions, this site has a community forum all about Astronomy located here - http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=323

Please visit astronomy.bellaonline.com for even more great content about Astronomy.

I hope to hear from you sometime soon, either in the forum or in response to this email message. I welcome your feedback!

Do pass this message along to family and friends who might also be interested. Remember it's free and without obligation.

I wish you clear skies.

Mona Evans, Astronomy Editor
http://astronomy.bellaonline.com

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