The Paris Pişmiş Open Clusters

25th January 2018

Pismis

Open clusters are exquisitely beautiful. From the lovely daintiness of the small clusters to those blazing with brilliance, they display immense beauty and symmetry… the gorgeous colours, the range of magnitudes, the winding loops and chains of stars, the dark voids, whole fields scattered with diamond dust, the delicate glow of unresolved starlight… all so different, all so beautiful.

The twenty four Pişmiş open clusters don’t blaze. A few of them are exquisitely bright and delicate, others appear as tiny

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Fornax, a Treasure Trove

22nd January 2018

lacaillefornaxWere Fornax a movie star rather than a constellation of stars, I suspect it might make the same off-beam statement that movie stars make when they want to set some story straight in the press: “It’s an incorrect fact about me, and it’s all over the place”.

Fornax’s incorrect fact that is all over the place concerns the origin of its name. As we all know, the constellation was introduced by the French astronomer, Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, after his

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