Daily Archives: August 19, 2009

A celestial lexicon

Subaru is the Japanese word for the Pleiades, that group of seven stars that passes high overhead in the winter months. When five Japanese companies merged in 1953 to form Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., they adopted the open star cluster … Continue reading

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A plethora of planetary terms

The book “Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13,” co-authored by Apollo 13 Mission Commander Jim Lovell and the basis of the movie “Apollo 13,” used the terms pericynthion and apocynthion to describe the spaceship’s closest and farthest approaches … Continue reading

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