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Moons of Jupiter[edit]

Should the table be shaded different colors to show what moons belong to each group? See the Moons of Saturn article. Note how it is shaded according to the groups each moon is in. We should do something like that for the Moons of Jupiter article.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 16:50, 8 July 2013‎ (UTC)

A user has already expressed his interest and might begin coloring.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 18:18, 8 July 2013‎ (UTC)

The Green Bean Galaxies.[edit]

The Green Bean Galaxies article has been recently updated, but it still needs a lot more. Any feedback would be welcome.Richard Nowell (talk) 11:17, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

People's stars[edit]

Star or star? Seems to be a fairly even split (5/4) based on the articles listed at Stars named after people#Openly named stars:

I'm more used to the lower case form myself, but thought I'd bring it up here before creating a move request. (talk) 21:07, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

Since the names are proper nouns, it would make grammatical sense to use capitals, as is done in stuff like New York City. StringTheory11 (t • c) 00:51, 5 June 2014 (UTC)
I agree with ST11, use capital letters. -- (talk) 08:26, 5 June 2014 (UTC)
Thing is it isn't entirely clear that they are always used as proper nouns. E.g. quick survey of the SIMBAD names and the usage in paper titles as listed there shows a rather strong preference for the lowercase form, i.e. these are not actually being used as proper nouns. This still makes sense grammatically, in the same way it is grammatically correct to speak of "Alice's cat" or "Bob's house".
Person's Star (paper titles) star (paper titles) SIMBAD names
Barnard's 0 2 BARNARD STAR, Barnard's star
Cayrel's 0 0
Innes' 0 0 Innes' star
Kapteyn's 1 3 Kapteyn's star
Luyten's 0 0 Luyten's star
Plaskett's 0 18 PLASKETT STAR
Przybylski's 0 13 PRZYBYLSKI'S STAR
Teegarden's 0 0 Teegarden's star
Van Maanen's 0 2 VAN MAANEN STAR, VAN MAANEN'S STAR (talk) 20:51, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

Thorne–Żytkow object[edit]

Wjfox2005 just updated the article to say that HV 2112 has been confirmed as a TZO (and I subsequently updated the table to show that) but from my reading of the press releases, this is a candidate, and not confirmed. The discovery paper [1] was just published. The press release [2] certainly doesn't seem to make this "confirmed". Is this a confirmed discovery, or just a discovery that is yet to be confirmed? -- (talk) 13:36, 5 June 2014 (UTC)


MACHO-LMC-5 should be deleted or rewritten, by someone more sure of their facts than I am. It's completely confused factually.

It was written in 2008 by an editor who has been banned since later in that same year. Despite several edits since then, the allegedly factual parts of the article look about the same now.

The infobox says "Right ascension 17h 45m 50.34s Declination -22° 40' 58.1"'" That would put the object in the constellation of Sagittarius, very close to Ophiuchus. But the infobox says it's in Dorado, which is nowhere near. The name MACHO-LMC-5, and everything else I read about it, says it has some kind of association with the LMC (Large Magellanic Cloud), which is in Dorado and Mensa.

Exactly what association? Apparently an LMC star was measured using a relatively close object as a gravitational lens (thus both objects should be in the same direction and constellation). But is MACHO-LMC-5 the name of the LMC star, the relatively close object, or the encounter during which the objects were lined up with the Earth? The article says it's a "red dwarf in our galaxy", but then why is LMC in the name? Why would its permanent name be chosen for how it was used to measure an LMC star in 1993/94?

Apparent magnitude, 5.687. If it's faintly visible to the naked eye, then why isn't there more information about it?

Distance, 1.8 light years. But I thought the nearest star was 4 light years away.

Its listing at List of stars in Dorado is completely inconsistent: MACHO-LMC-5; 05h 16m 41.1s −70° 29′ 18″; visual magnitude 21.15; 160000 light years; in LMC; gravitationally-lensed by red dwarf. While I'm at it, according to this map that location is in Mensa, not Dorado, just across the line, although lines can be confused by precession etc. This website also says it's in Mensa. Art LaPella (talk) 23:48, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

I was the one who listed it on the list article. The info in that article is correct, although according to VizieR it should be in Mensa; that was my error. The objects is listed in SIMBAD here, which states that the designation actually refers to the microlensing event, and not one of the stars. Looking at the papers below, it seems as though the entire lens event is referred to by this designation, and thus the article written by CarloscomB is inaccurate. The distance of 160000 ly comes from the distance to the LMC itself. We can't give two distances in the list due to its format, unfortunately, but 1.8 ly is so obviously wrong anyways, so 160000 seems to be the only one worth listing. All CarloscomB articles should be checked for inaccuracies though; in fact, I had started a list of all his articles at User:StringTheory11/CarloscomB cleanup after a similar incident involving another article of his. In the meantime, I've moved the entry to the Mensa list. StringTheory11 (t • c) 02:35, 6 June 2014 (UTC)
I also tagged the page for speedy deletion; although it may not meet any of the criteria, per WP:IAR it is clearly in WP's best interest to get rid of this article as soon as possible and the rules just hinder that. StringTheory11 (t • c) 02:40, 6 June 2014 (UTC)
MACHO-98-BLG-35: another error by the same author. I've managed to fix this one without deletion though; it was nowhere near as bad. StringTheory11 (t • c) 17:27, 7 June 2014 (UTC)
And I made a redirect, which I believe is better than leaving a redlink in that article. Art LaPella (talk) 01:50, 8 June 2014 (UTC)

Leaflet For Wikiproject Astronomical Objects At Wikimania 2014[edit]

Hi all,

My name is Adi Khajuria and I am helping out with Wikimania 2014 in London.

One of our initiatives is to create leaflets to increase the discoverability of various wikimedia projects, and showcase the breadth of activity within wikimedia. Any kind of project can have a physical paper leaflet designed - for free - as a tool to help recruit new contributors. These leaflets will be printed at Wikimania 2014, and the designs can be re-used in the future at other events and locations.

This is particularly aimed at highlighting less discoverable but successful projects, e.g:

• Active Wikiprojects: Wikiproject Medicine, WikiProject Video Games, Wikiproject Film

• Tech projects/Tools, which may be looking for either users or developers.

• Less known major projects: Wikinews, Wikidata, Wikivoyage, etc.

• Wiki Loves Parliaments, Wiki Loves Monuments, Wiki Loves ____

• Wikimedia thematic organisations, Wikiwomen’s Collaborative, The Signpost

For more information or to sign up for one for your project, go to:
Project leaflets
Adikhajuria (talk) 17:19, 12 June 2014 (UTC)

I've created a leaflet at the linked page. If anyone has any improvements to make, feel free to just do them without contacting me. StringTheory11 (t • c) 02:57, 13 June 2014 (UTC)

Renaming stars to lowercase latin-letter Bayer designations[edit]

See WP:RM June 17 and 16 for several stars that are proposed to be renamed to the lowercase latin letter Bayer designations from other designations.

See Talk:PP Carinae and Talk:HD 84810 and Talk:HD 84810

-- (talk) 06:33, 20 June 2014 (UTC)

For the third link, I think you meant Talk:V357 Carinae. StringTheory11 (t • c) 04:23, 21 June 2014 (UTC)
Oops, yeah, thanks for the correction. -- (talk) 04:48, 21 June 2014 (UTC)
See also talk:HD 92139 -- (talk) 06:11, 23 July 2014 (UTC)


Template:Sun (edit|talk|history|links|watch|logs) has been nominated for deletion -- (talk) 05:58, 29 June 2014 (UTC)

PSR B1259-63[edit]

PSR B1259-63 has been proposed to be renamed to PSR B1259-63/LS 2883, a title with a slash in it. For the discussion, see Talk:PSR B1259-63 -- (talk) 06:31, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

Be X-ray binaries[edit]

I have requested a move of the article Be X-ray binaries at Talk:Be X-ray binaries#Requested move 13 July 2014. Main issue that has been raised is the use of a slash in the proposed destination page Be/X-ray binary, would appreciate some further input on the subject. (talk) 12:31, 21 July 2014 (UTC)