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A whale of a story

Here's a new way to look at the legend of Cetus.
RELATED TOPICS: VARIABLE STARS
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On March 5, 2016, astronomers expect one of the night sky’s most celebrated long-period variable stars, Mira (Omicron [ο] Ceti), to rise to maximum brightness. The celestial leviathan now is beginning to slip beneath the western horizon after sunset. We can substitute these events for the mythical events discussed in this month’s column, which asks you to consider scuttling the notion of Cetus as a whale and to look at this familiar legend in a different light.

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