Menkent (Theta Centauri)
Fr.: Menkent (θ Centauri)
Menkent, corruption of Ar. Mankib "shoulder," short for
Mankib al-Qanturis (
The Table Mountain. A faint constellation near the south celestial pole, at 5h right ascension, 80° south declination. It contains part of the → Large Magellanic Cloud, and its brightest star is of magnitude 5.1. Abbreviation Men; genitive Mensae.
First introduced by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille (1713-1762) under the name Mons Mensae, from L. mons "mountain" + mensa "table" to refer to Table Mountain in South Africa. Lacaille made important early observations of the southern sky from the Cape Town region.
Mizkuh, from miz "table," originally "preparations for entertaining a guest; guest;" Mid.Pers. mêzd "offering, meal" + kuh→ mountain.
Of or pertaining to the → mind.
M.E., from M.Fr. mental, from L. mentalis "of the mind," from mens (genitive mentis) "mind," from PIE root *men- "to think."
1) Mental capacity or endowment.
1) ayât; 2) ayâtidan
Fr.: 1) mentionner; 2) mention
1) To refer briefly to; name, specify, or speak of (Dictionary.com).
M.E. mencioun, from O.Fr. mencion "mention, memory, speech," from L. mentionem "a calling to mind, a speaking of," from root of Old L. minisci "to think," related to mens "mind," from PIE root *men- "to think;" cf. Pers. man, mân "thought, to think," → mind.
Ayât, from Mid.Pers. ayât, ayâd "remembrance, recollection, memory;" Mod.Pers. yâd.
Merak (β Ursae Majoris)
A blue → dwarf star of → spectral type A1 with an → apparent magnitude of 2.37 in the constellation → Ursa Major. It lies 79 → light-years away and has a → luminosity almost 60 times solar, and a mass about triple that of the Sun. Although Merak ranks fifth in brightness in the → Big Dipper, it received the Beta designation from Bayer, who lettered the Dipper's stars from front to back.
From Ar. al-Maraqq (
Fr.: télescope de Mercator
A 1.2 m semi-robotic telescope located at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on La Palma Island (Canary Islands, Spain). It is operated by the staff of the Institute of Astronomy, University of Leuven (Belgium). The telescope uses two modern instruments HERMES: a → high-resolution optical → spectrograph, and MAIA, a three-armed camera equipped with large → charge-coupled device (CCD)s and optimized for more specific rapid variability studies. The main science drivers of the research performed on the basis of Mercator data are related to a wide range of variable phenomena with a clear focus on stellar astrophysics, in particular the stellar internal structure by means of → asteroseismology.
Named after the Flemish cartographer Gerardus Mercator (1512-1594), who studied and taught at the University of Leuven before moving to Duisburg (Germany)
1) Tir; 2) jivé, simâb
1) The closest → planet to the → Sun
and one of five planets visible with the naked eye. It lies at a mean distance of
about 0.39 → astronomical units from the Sun.
Mercury is just 4,879 km in diameter, about 2.6 times smaller than
the Earth. Its → orbital period is 87.97 Earth days.
Mercury has a high → density, 5.4 g cm-3,
with only the Earth having a higher density among the planets. This is largely due to
Mercury being composed mainly of heavy metals and rock.
One → solar day on Mercury lasts the equivalent of 176
Earth days while the
sidereal day (the time for 1 rotation in relation to a fixed point)
lasts 59 Earth days. Mercury is nearly → tidally locked
to the Sun and
over time this has slowed the rotation of the planet to almost match
its orbit around the Sun. Mercury also has the highest orbital
of all the planets with its distance from the Sun ranging
from 46 to 70 million km.
Mercury has just 38% the → gravity
of Earth, this is too little to maintain an atmosphere against
→ solar winds, which blow it away.
The surface of Mercury which faces the Sun has
temperatures of up to 427°C, whilst on the alternate side this can be
as low as -173°C. Mercury's core has more iron than any other planet in the
→ solar system. This has to do with its formation and early
life. If the planet formed quickly, increasing temperatures of the
evolving Sun could have vaporized much of the existing surface,
leaving only a thin shell.
From L. Mercurius "Mercury," the Roman god, originally a god of tradesmen and thieves, from merx "merchandise."
1) Mid.Pers. Tîr the name
of the planet Mercury, O.Pers. proper noun *Tira-dāta-
"given by Tir" (Hellenized Tiridates),
Mid.Pers. Tîr.dât the name of three Parthian Kings; Av.
1) taškidan; 2) taškândan
1) (v.intr.) To become combined, united, swallowed up, or absorbed; lose identity by
uniting or blending.
From L. mergere "to dip, immerse," probably rhotacized from *mezgo, and cognate with Skt. majj- "to dive, to sink," majjati "dives under;" Lith. mazgoju "to wash."
Taškidan, taškândan, from Gilaki tašk "tie, knot;" Tabari tešk "knot" + -idan infinitive suffix.
A hypothetical → transient event undergone by a → star due to its violent → merging with another star in a → close binary star. The release of → orbital energy causes the → envelope of the star to heat up and → inflate, causing the star to brighten considerably. Mergebursts are predicted to rival or exceed the brightest classical → novae in luminosity, but to be much cooler and redder than classical novae, and to become slowly hotter and bluer as they age.
1) tašké; 2) tašk
Fr.: fusion, coalescence
1) Any combination of two or more bodies into a single body. In particular, the formation
of a galaxy from the collision of two or more separate galaxies.
From → merge + -er (as in waiver).
Tašké; tašk, nouns from taškidan, → merge.
Fr.: processus de fusion
The process of collision between galaxies which leads to a single galaxy.
Fr.: arbre de coalescence
A method used in → numerical simulations for studying the growth and development of galaxies and → dark matter halos. Within the currently accepted ΛCDM cosmology, dark matter halos merge from small → clumps to ever larger structures. This merging history can be traced in simulations and stored in the form of merger trees. Merger trees are necessary because a galaxy may have more than one → progenitor at an early time.
Fr.: 1) fusion
1) (n.) The act of joining together as one, such as galaxy
Noun from → merge.
Fr.: galaxies en coalescence
Two or more galaxies that collide and merge into one galaxy.
1) Geography: An imaginary line on the Earth's surface joining the north and south
poles at right angles to the equator. See also
→ local meridian,
→ prime meridian.
M.E., from O.Fr. meridien, from L. meridianus "of noon, southern," from meridies "noon, south," from meridie "at noon," altered by dissimilation from *medi die, locative of medius "mid-" + dies "day."
Nimruzân, coined by Pers. astronomer (A.D. 973-1048) in his at-Tafhim, from nim "mid-, half" (Mid.Pers. nêm, nêmag "half;" Av. naēma- "half;" cf. Skt. néma- "half") + ruz, → day, + -ân suffix denoting time and place.
Fr.: angle horaire
Same as hour angle.
Fr.: circle méridien
A telescope with a graduated vertical scale, used to measure the declinations of heavenly bodies and sometimes to determine the time of meridian transits.
Fr.: instrument méridien
An instrument designed to observe objects when they cross the meridian.
Fr.: observation au méridien
The observation of a star when it crosses an observer's meridian.