User talk:Rothorpe

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Mu Cephei[edit]

Can you explain why the final phrase is necessary in: "A very luminous red supergiant, Mu Cephei is one of the largest stars visible to the naked eye, and in the entire galaxy."

I find the phrase "and in the entire galaxy" jarring, unnecessary, and grandiose. If I was writing that from scratch, and I felt it was necessary, I'd say "one of the largest stars known" rather than "entire galaxy" which feels unencyclopedic to me. Regards, Tarl.Neustaedter (talk) 23:33, 29 August 2014 (UTC)

Yes, do change it to 'known', no problem. Rothorpe (talk) 23:34, 29 August 2014 (UTC)
I kind of like "one of the largest stars visible to the naked eye". I wouldn't change that. But perhaps there is a reason to keep the final phrase. How about this:
A very luminous red supergiant, Mu Cephei is one of the largest stars visible to the naked eye, and indeed in the entire galaxy"?
If both are true, then to delete the final phrase is to delete important information. CorinneSD (talk) 23:39, 29 August 2014 (UTC)
P.S. If you don't like "in the entire galaxy", then leave out "entire" and just write "in the galaxy". CorinneSD (talk) 23:41, 29 August 2014 (UTC)
That's good. (Of course, 'known' would include other galaxies, so we were wrong there.) Rothorpe (talk) 00:16, 30 August 2014 (UTC)
O.k. Modified to: A very luminous red supergiant, Mu Cephei is the largest star visible to the naked eye, and one of the largest known. It's repetitive from what's already in the lede, but doesn't seem as grandiose. Note that at least one of the known larger stars is not in this galaxy (WOH G64) is probably in the LMC, and none of the dozen or so larger stars are visible to the naked eye. Tarl.Neustaedter (talk) 02:41, 30 August 2014 (UTC)
OK, so 'known' is right, after all. Rothorpe (talk) 13:42, 30 August 2014 (UTC)