Naming of the Blog
Welcome to The Upsilon Andromedae Chronicles, the new blog of the Andromeda Electric Orchestra (AEO). We are excited to bring the community this blog with current information on music, musicians, AEO, and other related topics. Naming this blog was done very carefully and the first article is about the name.
AEO is named and themed after space and science fiction. The name is derived from the Andromeda Galaxy, the closest galaxy to the Milky Way Galaxy. The Andromeda Galaxy is also part of the Andromeda Constellation. Although it would have been nice to name the blog after a star in the Andromeda Galaxy, scientists are currently unable to locate individual stars in the galaxy due to the immense distance between that galaxy and Earth. It has been said that one planet may have been found in that galaxy, but as of this writing, it has not been confirmed. Therefore, the next best place to find a star for the naming of this blog is in the Andromeda Constellation. In this region is a series of stars named after the Greek Alphabet. Among all of them, Upsilon Andromedae is unique. It is the only one that has confirmed planets orbiting the main star thus far in research. Due to this unique phenomenon, it was decided that the blog would be named after this star.
Information on the Upsilon Andromedae Star System
The Upsilon Andromedae is a binary star system. It has both the main star, officially named Titawin and its companion unnamed Red Dwarf. Titawin itself is a yellowish dwarf star is smaller than our Sun, yet brighter. Titawin is one of the brightest stars in the night sky. The four planets in this system orbit around the main star, while the Red Dwarf has a gravitational pull, with the main star outside of the orbiting planets.
The 3 of the 4 stars have been given official names and are gas giants. The second from the star, in the habitual zone, might have a moon or multiple moons and could be locations for life. The names of the planets are Saffer, Samh, Majriti, and Upsilon Andromadae e. Research exists regarding the elements that these planets are made up from and as well as artist conceptions of them. Below is a video that shows how this star system behaves and how the planets rotate around the star. An interesting feature is Saffer, the closest planet to the star. Only one side of the planet is always facing the star and has daylight constantly while the other side is always dark, much like our Moon orbiting around Earth. Take a trip to this star system in this video. It’s pretty amazing.
Alfred Surenyan, Editor