mu Arae

Artist impression by ESO

mu Arae

Star details
  • Constellation: the Altar
  • Vmag: 5.2
  • Visibility: Visible to the naked eye
  • Number of Planets: 4

Planet details

mu Arae b

  • Mass (Jupiters): 1.68
  • Mass (Earths): 532.7
  • Period (days): 643.25
  • Semi Major Axis (AU): 1.5

mu Arae c

  • Mass (Jupiters): 0.03
  • Mass (Earths): 10.6
  • Period (days): 9.64
  • Semi Major Axis (AU): 0.09094

mu Arae d

  • Mass (Jupiters): 0.52
  • Mass (Earths): 165.9
  • Period (days): 310.55
  • Semi Major Axis (AU): 0.921

mu Arae e

  • Mass (Jupiters): 1.81
  • Mass (Earths): 576.5
  • Period (days): 4205.8
  • Semi Major Axis (AU): 5.235

Proposed names

Star name / planet name Proposed names
mu Arae Humantahú
This is the name for the Sun from Embera-Katio native people mythology.
mu Arae b Tutruica
He is a god, brother of Karagabi. He is the lord of the underworld, one of the eight worlds that exist in Embera-Katio mythology. Tutriuca helps Karagabi to create the people from mud and to build a lot of things in the universe, things like the rain and the forrest.
mu Arae c Armucura
This is the underworld governed by Tutruica. The first man and woman inhabited in Armucura, after being created by Tutruica. In Embera-Katio mythology all the inhabitants of Armucura are inmortals.
mu Arae d Dabeiba
She is a goddess, daughter of Karagabi. She teach the Embera-Katio people how to build everything including their baskets and tissues.
mu Arae e Karagabi
This is the lord of the world, God and the creator of everything in the Embera-Katio mythology. He have all the power and wisdom.

The Embera-Katio people, also known as Chocó or Catio indians are indigenous that inhabit the rain forrest of Darien region between Panama and Colombia. They are 80000 individuals in the present.

Some of their groups come to occupy the ancient territory inhabited by the original Katio people, the territory where the city of Medellín is placed today. Katio people was governed by the famous native chief Nutibara, who fight against the Spanish colonist in the XVI century. Nutibara chief was murdered, burned alive, by the Spanish colonist and most of his people was exterminated.

We are paying tribute to this ancient warrior people that confront the extintion. Some of them survive to transform in the modern Embera-Katio people.

More information about Embera-Katio people and their mythology will be find here:

http://mitosla.blogspot.com/2009/03/colombia-mito-catio-origen-dioses.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ember%C3%A1_people

Star name / planet name Proposed names
mu Arae Daikokuten
Shichifukujin (Seven deities of good luck) refers to seven deities
which are believed to bring good luck in Japan. A statue of
Sichifukujin is worshiped on an altar in a Shinto shrine of Japan.
Main deity of Shichifukujin is Daikokuten. Daikokuten is a god of
wealth.
mu Arae b Ebisu
Ebisu is a god who bring 'prosperous trade' and 'good harvests'.
mu Arae c Bishimonten
Bishimonten is a god of the fight.
mu Arae d Benzaiten
Benzaiten is a god of art and property.
mu Arae e Fukurokuju
Fukurokuju is a god of longevity.
Star name / planet name Proposed names
mu Arae Cervantes
from Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Spanish novelist, poet and playwright (1547-1616). Author of "Don Quixote". Somewhere in the Ara constellation, around a star without a proper name, only known by the letter "mu", four planets trace their paths. Around an author of universal fame, also his four main characters revolve. We propose to elevate Cervantes to the status of a galactic Apolo, lending his name to the system's central star, while Don Quijote (Quixote), Rocinante, Sancho and Dulcinea are justly transfigured into his planetary escort. Quijote (muArae-b), the leading character, in a somewhat eccentric orbit, befitting to his character, and beside his faithful companion Rocinante (muArae-d) in the middle of the scene. Good Sancho (muArae-e), the ingenious squire, moving slowly through the outer 'insulae' of the system. The enchanted Dulcinea (muArae-c), so difficult for Quijote to contemplate in her real shape, close to the heart of the writer.
The importance of Miguel de Cervantes in the universal culture can hardly be overestimated. His major work, Don Quijote, considered the first modern novel of world literature and one of the most influential book in the entire literary canon, has many times been regarded as the best work of fiction ever written. However, while Shakespeare has his Uranian satellites, Cervantes has been so far excluded from the cosmic spheres. With this proposal, supported by the prestigious Instituto Cervantes, and arriving just in time for the 400 Anniversary of the publication of the novel's second part, we reclaim for the Famous Knight of la Mancha, his comrades and their creator the place that they deserve among the stars.
mu Arae b Quijote
From "The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quijote (Quixote) of La Mancha", the protagonist of the novel written by Cervantes. His reading in excess of books of chivalry waved his mental faculties, believing the fictions of the books as real facts...
mu Arae c Dulcinea
Dulcinea del Toboso, fictional character in the novel 'Don Quijote' written by Cervantes, is a peasant converted in the fantasies of Quijote as the most beautiful of the women, object of his true love and devotion.
mu Arae d Rocinante
Rocinante is Don Quijote's horse in the novel by Cervantes. As a member of the chivalry, Quijote believes this work horse is the most valuable horse a knight can ride.
mu Arae e Sancho
Sancho Panza is a fictional character in the novel 'Don Quijote' written by Cervantes. He acts as a squire to Don Quijote, a peasant man of broad humor and irony, and always bound to Earth.

Somewhere in the Ara constellation, around a star without a proper name, only known by the letter "mu", four planets trace their paths. Around an author of universal fame, also his four main characters revolve. We propose to elevate Cervantes to the status of a galactic Apolo, lending his name to the system's central star, while Don Quijote (Quixote), Rocinante, Sancho and Dulcinea are justly transfigured into his planetary escort. Quijote (muArae-b), the leading character, in a somewhat eccentric orbit, befitting to his character, and beside his faithful companion Rocinante (muArae-d) in the middle of the scene. Good Sancho (muArae-e), the ingenious squire, moving slowly through the outer 'insulae' of the system. The enchanted Dulcinea (muArae-c), so difficult for Quijote to contemplate in her real shape, close to the heart of the writer.
The importance of Miguel de Cervantes in the universal culture can hardly be overestimated. His major work, Don Quijote, considered the first modern novel of world literature and one of the most influential book in the entire literary canon, has many times been regarded as the best work of fiction ever written. However, while Shakespeare has his Uranian satellites, Cervantes has been so far excluded from the cosmic spheres. With this proposal, supported by the prestigious Instituto Cervantes, and arriving just in time for the 400 Anniversary of the publication of the novel's second part, we reclaim for the Famous Knight of la Mancha, his comrades and their creator the place that they deserve among the stars.

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Star name / planet name Proposed names
mu Arae RIZA
“Riza is ancient Greek for “root,” metaphorically standing for “origin,” “cause.”
mu Arae b LOTUS
The lotus plant (water lily) blooms in the morning and its petals fall in the afternoon. The ancient Egyptians observed that the lotus flower disappeared during the night only to reappear in the morning, thus associating it with the rebirth of the sun. In many cultures the lotus flower symbolizes beauty, purity, and life, as well as the union of the earth and the sky. 
I associate Lotus to mu Arae b for the analogy between the symbolic meaning of the flower (life) and the fact that the planet orbits in the habitable zone of the system.
mu Arae c HELIANTHUS
Helianthus (the full name is “Helianthus annuus”) is the scientific name of the sunflower, derived from the ancient Greek words “helios,” (sun) and “anthos” (flower). The botanist Carl Linnaeus studied extensively one type of behavior characteristic of this plant, heliotropism, defined as the movement of this plant’s leaves or flowers to orient itself to the sun.
I associate Helianthus to mu Arae c for the analogy between the myth related to this flower (see below) and the orbital period of the planet.
In Ovid’s Metamorphoses (Meta. IV, 234-70) the myth is found of Clizia, a young nymph hopelessly in love with Helios. Helios is described as a handsome god crowned with the shining halo of the sun, who drove the chariot of the sun across the sky every day. As Clizia’s love was not reciprocated by Helios, she was reduced to watching him from afar plow the sky with the sun’s chariot, and weeping for her impossible passion. In the myth she cries and starves herself for NINE DAYS, only quenching her tears and dew drops on leaves. All the while her body gradually turns into a flower stalk, her face in the end becoming a sunflower that follows her loved one from sunrise to sunset, as the symbol of an impossible love and an eternal fidelity.
mu Arae d HIBISCUS
It is considered a symbol of fleeting and delicate beauty, because its beautiful blossom has a lifespan of just a day. Hibiscus flowers can appear white in the morning, turning pink at noon and red in the evening of the same day.
The hibiscus is the official flower of the Hawaiian Islands, its diverse varieties and colors representing the different islands.
I associate Hibiscus to mu Arae d for the analogy between the delicate beauty of the flower and the relative small size of the planet (mu Arae d is really small compared to the other planets of the system: mu Arae c is thought to be developed from a gas giant, losing most of its mass on the way)
mu Arae e CAMELLIA
Camellia stands for faithfulness and longevity in the language of flower, living more than a century. Camellias flower in late winter and early spring, but there are some that flower in late autumn, from November until January, illuminating with their white, pink and red flowers. I associate Camellia to mu Arae e for the analogy between the climate in which the flower grows and the temperature of the planet and because the flower is large, just as the planet is massive.

“The flower theme suggests such subjects as nature, life, light, colors, and periodicity. It is a universal topic found in virtually every human culture, and common to many ancient myths.”

Star name / planet name Proposed names
mu Arae Minerals
With a wish that this star system has lots of metals and water
mu Arae b Another Gaia
With a wish that this planet or its satellite will be another Earth
mu Arae c Hotsprings
It will be a hot springs planet for the travelers in the future: the space voyage age
mu Arae d Mysteria
With a wish that a mystery of the life be solved
mu Arae e Reitoh
Lots of Minerals or somethings are frozen up as a refrigerator planet

We hope that our descendant will arrive at this star system in the future.

Star name / planet name Proposed names
mu Arae Lusitânia
Lusitânia is the original name of Portugal, the staring point of the portuguese naval exploration during the 15th and 16th centuries.
mu Arae b Caravela
Caravela (in english, Caravel), is a small ship of portuguese origin, widely used during the age of portuguese oceanic discovery, in the 15th and 16th centuries.
mu Arae c Adamastor
Adamastor is a mythical Sea Giant (akin to Neptune), that kept navigators from crossing the Cape of Storms.
mu Arae d Esperança
Esperança is the portuguese world for Hope. It expresses both the sentiment felt by portuguese people during the age of discoveries, and also the new name of the old Cape of Storms, after portuguese navigator Bartolomeu Dias first crossed the Cape, "defeating" Adamastor.
mu Arae e Saudade
Saudade is a portuguese word with no direct translation to english, that expresses feelings of longing, home sickness, missing your country and/or relatives. This feeling is very popular as the theme of Fado music, a typical portuguese music genre, recently named World's Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
Star name / planet name Proposed names
mu Arae RobertHeinlein
We propose naming the mu Arae star RobertHeinlein in honor of the writer Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988). We chose this system, which is about 50 light years away, to mirror the length of Heinlein’s writing career. Robert A. Heinlein was a U. S. Naval Academy graduate and was retired from the U.S. Navy for health reasons. He did civilian work for the U.S. Government in WWII. He was very involved in the promotion of space exploration and was on the air with Walter Cronkite during the Apollo 11 moon landing. He was given the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal posthumously in 1988. Heinlein was named the first Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master in 1974. He was one of the first science fiction writers to break into mainstream magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s and was one of the best-selling science fiction novelists for many decades. In his fiction, Heinlein coined terms that have become part of the English language, including "grok" and "waldo", as well as popularizing the term "TANSTAAFL" (an acronym for There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch). Mr. Heinlein’s writings have influenced many generations of writers, scientists, astronauts, military leaders, inventors and entrepreneurs. Twenty-seven years after his death his books are all still in print and influencing new generations. Permission has been granted by the Heinlein Prize Trust, executors of Heinlein's literary estate, to use the names of his characters for the exo-planets.
mu Arae b Podkayne
Podkayne is the lead female character in the book Podkayne of Mars and was chosen for mu Arae b because this planet has a Mars-like orbit. The story of Podkayne Fries was originally intended as one of Heinlein's juvenile novels although it out grew that classification as the story developed. In the story, Poddy (as she is known to family & friends) was an adolescent girl born a citizen of Mars with ambitions of becoming captain of a space liner. She journeyed to Venus on her way to Earth, with her brother, Clark (a genius with definite antisocial tendencies) and their uncle, Tom Fries. While on Venus she was kidnapped by her uncle's political opponents and was seriously injured in a bomb blast following her escape. A ground-breaking story for its time, Podkayne was one of the first teenaged female protagonists. The character’s demise led to the “redemption” of her brother. The story ultimately was a cautionary tale about “latch key” children and what can happen from lack of parenting.
mu Arae c Pixel
Robert Heinlein was known for his personal love of cats as well as his fictional use of cats. Mu Arae c is named for the cat Pixel made famous in the novel The Cat Who Walks Through Walls. Its close orbit to the star is reminiscent of a cat trying to find a warm lap to sit on. Pixel has an inexplicable tendency to be wherever the narrator in the novel happens to be, like Schrödinger’s cat. In one scene Pixel does, in fact, walk through a wall, and it is explained that Pixel is too young to know that such behavior is impossible. The naming of Pixel is also to honor all the other cats in Heinlein’s life and stories. Several of Heinlein’s characters have been fond of felines and have been quoted as saying, “Never try to outstubborn a cat,” “If you would know a man, observe how he treats a cat,” and “How you behave toward cats here below determines your status in Heaven.”
mu Arae d LazarusLong
As the planet with the most Earth-like orbit, mu Arae d becomes LazarusLong, one of the best known and most frequently written-about characters in Heinlein’s multiverses. Born in 1912 in the third generation of a selective breeding experiment run by the Ira Howard Foundation, Lazarus (birth name Woodrow Wilson Smith) becomes unusually long-lived, living well over two thousand years with the aid of occasional rejuvenation treatments. A rugged individualist with a distrust of authority, Lazarus drifts from world to world, settling down periodically and leaving when the situation becomes too regimented for his taste—often just before an angry mob arrives to capture him. The Lazarus Long set of books involves time travel, parallel dimensions, individualism, extended family and a concept that Heinlein named World as Myth—the theory that universes are created by the act of imagining them, such that even fictional worlds are real.
mu Arae e NoisyRhysling
With the most Jupiter-like orbit, mu Arae e becomes NoisyRhysling, aka ‘the Blind Singer of the Spaceways.’ Immortalized in “The Green Hills of Earth” we learn the story of "Noisy" Rhysling, the blind space-going songwriter whose poetic skills rival Rudyard Kipling's. Heinlein spins a tale about a radiation-blinded spaceship engineer roaming the solar system writing and singing songs. The events of the story concern the composition of the titular song. An aged Rhysling realizes that his death of old age is near, and hitches ride on a spaceship headed to Earth so he can die and be buried where he was born. A malfunction threatens the ship with destruction, and Rhysling enters an irradiated area to perform repairs. Upon completing the repairs, he knows that he will soon die of radiation poisoning, and asks that they record his last song; he dies just moments after speaking the final, titular verse. The Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA) award for speculative fiction poetry is called the Rhysling Award. References to Rhysling and "the green hills of Earth" were made by Apollo 15 astronauts. They named a crater near their landing site "Rhysling." This name has since been adopted officially. When it was time to leave the moon, Capcom Joe Allen told them it was time to "come home again to the homes of men, to the cool green hills of Earth."

Thank you for this unique opportunity to honor a man and his creations that have influenced so many for so long.