Archive for May 19, 2015

“Virgo Diamond” – Faint Five Star Asterism in Virgo – Recommendation name change by astronomy author, lecturer, James Mullaney FRAS

May 19, 2015

The following document was filed today (May 19th 2015) by James Mullaney, astronomy lecturer, author and a former editor at Sky & Telescope Magazine… 

Dear Fellow Stargazers:

As you may know, over the years I’ve given names to nearly a dozen deep-sky wonders.  These include the Blinking Planetary (NGC 6826), the Winter Albireo (h3945), Lassell’s Delight (M35) and Peltier’s Variable (R Leonis).  Nearly all have been recognized/adopted, including among others by Sky & Telescope itself. Now it’s time to add another one! 

I’ve changed the name of the Virgo Diamond to Ivester’s Diamond as a well-deserved and long overdue honor to my good friend and fellow observer Roger Ivester.  Surely anyone reading this is aware of his amazing efforts to promote this tiny asterism.

Note that making this change will now also eliminate the confusion with the vastly larger original Virgo Diamond asterism.

James (Jim) Mullaney

Fellow Royal Astronomical Society of London