This is the post I was working on before yesterday's walk in the snow photos (and that tit killing) usurped it. Some of the comments from the last Blogorati Stars post (featuring 'Petra) got me thinking about how to get more of you lovely Blogorati into the night sky. Short of launching you into orbit aboard Ariane 5, that is...
As only two of you - the aforementioned 'Petra and the inestimable Mago - actually appear in the IAU's list of approved star names, some
plotting scheming unconventional thinking is required to get the rest of you up there. For example, Melanie Reynolds used to be known as Proxima Blue - in her words: "inspired by Proxima Centauri, yes I know its a red dwarf, shush! You don't know her heart." - so why not work up a star map of the constellation Centaurus and pop Melanie in there in place of Proxima? Because I can't see it. Centaurus is too far below the ecliptic for me to see its nether regions (where Proxima lies), so there'll be no photos and, therefore, no star map. We'll have to come up with a different star.
I've been having a look at other named stars to see if the meaning of their names reveal any Blogorati. One of the maps I was working on was of Canis Minor (the little dog) and Hydra (the water snake) - I had thought to link Hound with Canis Minor, but why should he get a whole constellation? Besides, there's a much better choice: Sirius, the Dog Star, in Canis Major.
Interestingly enough, four stars in Lepus (α, β, γ, δ Lep) are known as "the throne (of Orion/Jawzā)" in Arabic, and in Chinese, "the toilet". Whose blog do we know is a veritable cess-pool of content?
Anyway, back to Hydra and Canis Minor. Alphard (Alpha Hydrae) means "the lonely one", Ukdah (Iota Hydrae) is "the knot", Ashlesha (Epsilon Hydrae) is "the embrace" - they're not really bringing to mind any of you. But what about Minchir (Sigma Hydrae)? It is derived from the Arabic appelation منخر الشجاع minkhar ash-shujāʽ "the nostril brave one". Any takers?
Orion has some funny old names, too: Betelgeuse (Alpha Orionis) - the "armpit of orion" (I think Prince and Sheena Easton skirted around this one...?), Alnilam (Epsilon Orionis) - "string of pearls" (Ooh! Perhaps this could be Mistress Maddie?), Saiph (Kappa Orionis) - the "giant's sword" (which I'd allocate to Peenee, except that Saiph is more like Orion's leg. However, Orion does have that great big
wang sword between his legs, so maybe Peenee could be Hatysa (Iota Orionis) instead?)
So, what do you think? Any takers for any of these stars, or shall I keep looking?