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Diamond White Dwarf

February 13

2012The European Space Agency (ESA) conducted the first launch of the European Vega rocket from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

2004The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announces the discovery of the universe's largest known diamond, white dwarf star BPM 37093. Astronomers named this star "Lucy" after The Beatles' song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".

1852 - J.L.E. Dreyer's birthday, Danish-born Irish astronomer who compiled the New General Catalogue (NGC)  published in 1878.
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J.L.E. Dreyer
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