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I’m a star!

Posted by joeabbott on April 13, 2014

imageOK, well, not really but I did get one named after me for my birthday!

First, let’s talk a bit of science: there are a lot of stars in the universe. A serious lot. According to one site, about a septillion stars … which is 1×10^24. Or, a ‘1’ with 24 ‘0’ after it. Lemme type that out for ya: 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.

Had I mentioned there are a lot of stars in the universe? Now, this is just one estimate; other’s estimate differently but it’s been often said there are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on earth! It’s a big claim, but one that’s stood up to the scrutiny of at least one blogger out there.

This is all a roundabout way of saying that if everyone on earth wanted their own star, they could get it; there are plenty. I got mine and it was a gift from Suzy.

To be clear, I didn’t get the star, it’s just been named for me.

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The Star Dedication Registry has over a million stars named for people in their database and now has one for me:

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The star is roughly in the Crater Constellation; I’ve estimated its position on a night sky diagram below.

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Being near the Crater Constellation, it’s most easily seen from my neck of the woods in September, where it’ll be close to the southern horizon. Suzy knows I like red and, after perusing the catalog, she picked the largest red star she could find and had it registered for me.

While this post is a bit late in being written, having a star named for me is a wonderful gift and one that continues to make me smile when I see it. Now that’s a birthday gift! Thanks, Suzy!

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2 Responses to “I’m a star!”

  1. Fran said

    Joe! Grams had a star named after her too! Suzanne Dunbar bought it for her… and she has the certificate to prove it! What a fun thing! Momma

  2. Jay said

    A nice bright star. Good job Suzy!

    Jay

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