Lynx is a constellation in the northern sky that was introduced in the
17th century by Johannes Hevelius. Named after the animal, it is a faint
constellation whose brightest stars form a zigzag line. The orange giant
Alpha Lyncis is the brightest star in the constellation, while the
semiregular variable star Y Lyncis is a popular target for amateur
astronomers. Six star systems have been found to contain planets. Those
of 6 Lyncis and HD 75898 were discovered by the Doppler method; those of
XO-2, XO-4, XO-5 and WASP-13 were observed as they passed in front of
the host star. Within the constellation’s borders lie NGC 2419, an
unusually remote globular cluster; the galaxy NGC 2770, which has hosted
three recent Type Ib supernovae; the distant quasar APM 08279+5255,
whose light is magnified and split into multiple images by the
gravitational lensing effect of a foreground galaxy; and the Lynx
Supercluster, which was the most distant supercluster known at the time
of its discovery in 1999.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
Yekuno Amlak deposed the last Zagwe king and seized the
imperial throne of Ethiopia, beginning the reign of the Solomonic
dynasty that would last for more than 700 years.
French Revolution: Insurrectionists in Paris stormed the
Tuileries Palace, effectively ending the French monarchy until it was
restored in 1814.
After Uruguay’s governing Blanco Party refused Brazil’s
demands, José Antônio Saraiva announced that the Brazilian military
would exact reprisals, beginning the Uruguayan War.
The Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers
began an ultimately unsuccessful strike to reverse its declining
fortunes and organize large numbers of new members.
The Heron Road Bridge in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, collapsed
during its construction, killing nine workers.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
Deft, dexterous, or skillful.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Reactionism is not the same thing as conservatism. It’s far more
potent a brew. Reactionary thought begins, usually, with acute despair
at the present moment and a memory of a previous golden age. It then
posits a moment in the past when everything went to hell and proposes to
turn things back to what they once were. It is not simply a conservative
preference for things as they are, with a few nudges back, but a
passionate loathing of the status quo and a desire to return to the past
in one emotionally cathartic revolt. If conservatives are pessimistic,
reactionaries are apocalyptic. If conservatives value elites,
reactionaries seethe with contempt for them. If conservatives believe in
institutions, reactionaries want to blow them up. If conservatives tend
to resist too radical a change, reactionaries want a revolution. Though
it took some time to reveal itself, today’s Republican Party — from
Newt Gingrich’s Republican Revolution to today’s Age of Trump — is
not a conservative party. It is a reactionary party that is now at the
peak of its political power.
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