Monday, April 1, 2013

Andromeda & Arlee Bird

Today we have our very first letter and first post. Exciting!

According to my heritage dictionary, circa 1969, Andromeda is a constellation in the Northern  Hemisphere near Lacerta and Perseus. According to Wiki it is also "the closest spiral galaxy to the Milky Way and one of the brightest Messier objects, which are "naturally occurring physical entities, associations, or structures that current science has demonstrated to exist in the observable universe." It is scheduled to crash into the Milky Way in about 5 billion years (bummer!). It was first discovered by Persian astronomer, Abd al-Rahman al-Suf in 964.*


The Andromeda Galaxy also happens to be where my current wip, NO REST, takes place. You can check out my progress on my side bar.

A also happens to stand for Arlee, as in Arlee Bird, the force behind the phenomenon that is A - Z. If you get the chance, go say hi and thank you to the founder of the most excellent fest ever :)

THANK YOU ARLEE!!!




 * http://www.space.com/19222-largest-spiral-galaxy-universe.html







44 comments:

  1. That will be a heck of collision!
    Lee is a force to be reckoned with.

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  2. Ooh, I love the stars! Thanks for sharing this, Marcy!

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  3. I love the picture. =)

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  4. I think pictures of galaxies are the most beautiful! In a weird way I wish I could actually witness the collision. It would be amazing!

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  5. we do like Arlee and the Bird too :PPP

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  6. Good luck with the challenge! Space...the final frontier...;~) I participated last year and had a blast!

    Donna L Martin
    www.donasdays.blogspot.com

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  7. Interesting it was supposed to crash. Thanks for sharing about it.

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  8. What a starry and sparkly start to your A-Z!! Yay!!!

    And yay for Arlee too! Take care
    x

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  9. Okay, first of all ... isn't your dictionary about to fall apart. It's almost as old as I am. :P

    And who scheduled that crash? Seems a waste of beautiful space.

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    1. The universe scheduled that crash and I'll wager something interesting will come of it - and no! My dictionary is very young! If it was old that would mean I am old and since I happen to know I am not old my dictionary cannot be old either. How's that for logic?

      :)

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  10. That's a wonderful picture! It's going to crash? Geez!

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  11. Awesome pic, and great facts! Thanks!
    And Yay Arlee!

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  12. I'm going to learn a lot from this blog throughout the challenge, aren't I? Excellent :D

    (Grover at Inane Ramblings)

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  13. Sounds like a great setting for a story...I'm intrigued :)

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  14. Glad I won't be around when it crashes. (:
    And good luck with your progress!

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  15. Just over 60% done, then. Good luck with the rest of it!

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  16. Well, you won't be around for the collision, but you could always explore it in fiction. I bet it'll be a sight to see :)

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  17. Thanks for a fantastic intro for the founder if the A-Z! Do you think he would ever had thought how great a success this is?

    Hugs Marcy.. Florida is finally warm and beautiful today! Wish you are here!

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    1. me too! Although it is finally starting to get warmer here...

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  18. Andromeda is going to collide with the Milky way in about 4 billion years.

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  19. Hmm,I did not know about the crashing into Milky Way deal. I love space and I love that image, so cool!

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  20. Awesome A! I'm kinda glad I won't be around to witness the collision though it would be pretty cool to see. :)

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  21. Well, I won't be around for that crush so I can't worry about it. Got a meteorites heading this way I can stress over?

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  22. Very nice.

    I saw someone else use Andromeda & Arlee but they were referring to the Andromeda TV show!

    Heather

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    1. I think that was retro zombie. Someone else is also doing Andromeda, the galaxy - great minds must think alike!

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  23. I love learning about space. Andromeda is such a cool word.

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  24. Wow, you're over halfway through your new WIP in the beautiful Andromeda galaxy. That's great! I'm almost halfway through this chocolate bar - does that count?? :-D

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  25. You're making great progress - past the point of no return now. Pictures of the universe like this make me feel incredibly small.

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  26. That is so totally not fair! I don't think I'll be around to watch that collision on pay-per-view! Cool plan to set your wip in a different galaxy!

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  27. Cool! Love it and it looks like you're getting close to finishing it too. Wahoo!

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  28. Five billion years? Man, now I have to prepare for that in case life expectancy increases that much more! (Goodness, I hope not--who would want to live that long?)

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  29. Cool image to kick us off for A!

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  30. Whoa...that's going to be some collision! Sounds rather life-ending, doesn't it?

    Laura Eno – A Shift in Dimensions

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  31. Sounds like a great place to set a story. Good luck!

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  32. This makes me curious what I would see if I moved 5 billion years into the future via time travel :)

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  33. Ooh, what a cool setting for your story and you're so far along. I wish I was that far on my newest. :)

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    1. It feels like slow going at times but I think I can see the light :)

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  34. Ah, The Andromeda Galaxy, I'd love to visit it one day ;)

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  35. Andromeda is a great telescope or binocular object. On a dark night, you can see it by eye as well. I love showing it off in the summers w/ its two companion galaxies. OK, I'll shutup about Andromeda now...

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  36. Andromeda makes a very believable setting. Curious as to how your people get there, or if they've made contact with Earth yet. :D

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