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Monday, January 22, 2007

Mira: Variable or Invariable?

Star: Mira (Cetus Constellation)
Song: Kilmi Kilmi * Fairuz

Mira. In Latin it means 'Wonderful.'

It is one of the most renowned variable stars. It bathes at the heart of Southern-sky Cetus constellation (the Whale). Also known as Omicron Ceti, Mira is a giant binary red star.

What I mean by variable is that this star can drop from a 2.0 magnitude to a 10.1 magnitude in a scale of 331.65 days. So from a very bright naked-eye visible red star, it has the ability to shrink to a microscopic sky creature.

That's the name of the only person I kept 'real' contact with from my university days. It's not any contact. We shared so much memories from the laughs while studying, to the days of her making her diploma film, the various 'death' rides we had (since she drives her BMW in the craziest unimaginable way)…

And while she's a star, she's not a variable one. What I love about Mira is that she is right to the point; she knows what she wants and is very direct in life. That does not mean she is harsh or anything, for she has the biggest heart one might love to have.

Tomorrow is Mira's birthday. We went to a club to celebrate that event. A picture is worth a 1000 words as they say …

Mira's favorite artist is Fairuz. And I chose to dedicate my favorite Fairuz song for her birthday. So here is a toast for 'The Wonderful' Mira!



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