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Hell and The Devil in Astronomy?

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I was asked an intriguing question today... some music students are looking for inspiration for a composition project based in astronomy. One of the students wants to do something around Hell and The Devil and is looking for some astronomical inspiration. The question is where in the sky is Hell or The Devil? Can you think of any clusters, nebulae, galaxies, stars or anything that could fulfil their devilish intentions? I'm struggling, the heavens are, well, heavenly not hellish... please help!

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Not much, only Algol the Demon star in Perseus not much to do with the devil I think it's name derives from the head of Medsua chopped off by Perseus.

Spookily appears to wink every three days :grin:

Dave

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There's the boogie man nebula in Orion.

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There is a crater named Hell on the Moon.   👹

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In myth, Pluto  is associated with the underworld.

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I could name some bits of astronomy software that I am sure are the work of the devil and the gateway to hell...👹

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In the 50s and 60s there was also a programming language called Algol :)  Perhaps it was in use even later than that.

James

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Venus is a good approximation to Hell, and in AP, the Devil is in the detail. :evil4:

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2 hours ago, JamesF said:

In the 50s and 60s there was also a programming language called Algol :) Perhaps it was in use even later than that.

James

I was taught it in 1981.

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Thank you all for your suggestions. I will be offering some of these on to the Music Department!

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I think you'll find Hell in an alternative universe.

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6 minutes ago, Gina said:

I think you'll find Hell in an alternative universe.

Nah, it's in Norway.  Not far from Trondheim.

James

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And yes, that does mean that Hell freezes over, quite regularly :D

James

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Ah yes, I remember now...

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How about the Elephant’s Trunk  Nebula in monochrome, I think it looks well ghoulish....

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How about a black hole for Hell; once in you aint getting out   - I can't think of anything more hellish. And at its center a singularity - the devil :(  Be afraid be very afraid. 

 

Jim 

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The hell of astronomy is the truism that clear skies only occur when the devil's orb (yup, the moon) is high in the sky...

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Ah yes, Bill of the Gates, The Opener of the Ways. :evil4:

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Is Algol also known as the Winking Demon?...

I'm sure as far as Hell in the Cosmos, there are very violent events occurring almost constantly in the pea soup of Star formation.   
That unimaginable violence could be construed as Hellish in the extreme, but over time, those violent upheavals  eventually  condense
into possible, yet likely, into worlds of Heavenly tranquility. 
Albeit on Cosmic time scales, they don't occur over a few weeks. 😀
The Demon Star is 93 light years away in Perseus, as one of the Medusa's Eyes in the severed head. 

"Johannes Hevelius' Perseus from, Uranographia."

 

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'Why this is hell, nor are we out of it...' (Marlowe's Faustus.)

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There is little doubt in my mind that hell is a White House, and the devil resides within.

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Earth is an astrnomical object and although we can't see it distantly through a telescope, it is the home and birthplace of these legends...most likely the number one astronomical body to fulfill the criteria and provide an over abundance of inspirations...

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