Space Game! Where in the Solar System is Destination Eleven? (day 3)

Hey Space Bloggers!

How are you doing? Have you figured out where Destination Eleven is yet?  Let’s see.  From Day 1’s picture clue you know that D11 has ginormous auroras (northern lights).  And on Day 2 you discovered that D11 is lightweight enough to float in water, although its pretty unlikely anyone will ever find a tub big enough to actually try it!

So, have you figured it out yet? What, you want another clue???

Okay, here goes. Galileo Galilee first saw D11 through a telescope 401 years ago. This is how he described that sight in the year 1610:

NASA/SSI

“I discovered another very strange wonder. The star of [D11] is not a single star, but is a composite of three, which almost touch each other, never change or move relative to each other, and are arranged in a row along the zodiac, the middle one being three times larger than the lateral ones…”

 

NASA/SSI

When Gallileo looked through his telescope two years later he was shocked to find that the small ‘stars’ (which he also called ‘moons’) on either side of D11 had disappeared.  And he was even more surprised to see them back again 4 years later. He tried to account for this strange behavior by concluding that the ‘moons’ were actually some sort of ‘arms’.

Does that help, Space Bloggers? What do Galileo’s ‘arms’ look like to you?

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About Jane Peddicord

Jane Ann Peddicord is an award winning author, lawyer, and space enthusiast. About her first book, NIGHT WONDERS, Laura Kraft of the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii wrote, “We’ve long waited for books such as these to explain, in age-appropriate language, some of the fundamental concepts that have shaken the foundation of Physics.” Jane is represented by Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio and likes science, space, and springer spaniels.
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