Devonian Constellations 3 Picture

QUETZALCOATL
Named after the feathered serpent deity of the Aztec, Teotihuacan and other Mesoamerican peoples.
The star in the eye of Quetzalcoatl is named Pegasi-51, in reference to our modern day 51-Pegasi, which was the first sun-like star discovered to have an extra-solar planet. Though we have no idea if our Pegasi-51 has planets around.
In the crown of Quetzalcoatl is another star cluster called the Toltec Cluster, after the legendary (and partially mythological) cultural precursors to the Aztecs.
Below Quetzalcoatl is the brightest star in the Devonian night. As I mentioned in the first entry, we went through several different names for this star before finally deciding on Amaterasu, named after the Japanese Sun Goddess. Latrice—the biggest astronomy nut out of all of us—was the one who discovered that Amaterasu is actually a binary system (two stars orbiting around each other—Amaterasu A and Amaterasu B). More precisely, it’s an eclipsing binary system wherein the stars’ plane of orbit is parallel to the observer’s line of sight. In other words, as they orbit, one star passes directly in front of the other with respect to the viewer. As a result, Amaterasu grows dimmer when the smaller of the two stars is hidden behind its larger partner.
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