Drowning by Numbers

Drowning by Numbers

100 Stars

 

 

 

The Skipping-Girl counts and names the stars with confidence. They have Greek, Latin and Arabic names, and names conjured up by the astronomical classifiers of the nineteenth century - names which the professionals have difficulty pronouncing. There are four ways to pronounce Betelgeuse and at least five different spellings of Formalhaut. Where did she learn them? There is some evidence that she is an only child compensating her solitude by prodigious feats of memory. The Skipping-Girl makes the stars her own. Her count becomes a recitation. She is playing a counting skipping-game - of which there are a great many - whose object is to reach the full count without faltering - come what may. No trip or slip of the rope is allowed. The ambition of her number count is one hundred. And to count only a hundred stars is to mock the millions of other stars in the Universe - to mock Science and Mathematics and Counting itself.

 

The Skipping-Girl, counting 100 starsThe Skipping-Girl, counting 100 stars

The Skipping-Girl, counting 100 stars, of which the names are:

1 - Antares

2 - Capella

3 - Canopus

4 - Arcturus

5 - Agreetor

6 - Anektor

7 - Duendin

8 - Algerib

9 - Agena

10 - Lalandry

11 - Vega

12 - Golubin

13 - Spica

14 - Capra

15 - Acrab

16 - Deneb

17 - Sapho

18 - Castor

19 - Pollux

20 - Storcha

21 - Teno

22 - Riga

23 - Cursa

24 - Thuban

25 - Mira

26 - Adoron

27 - Macra

28 - Seginus

29 - Kenturus

30 - Yed

31 - Mirach

32 - Almach

33 - Altair

34 - Nollar

35 - Schreddar

36 - Albira

37 - Dipda

38 - Spica

39 - Caff

40 - Corboda

41 - Ceti

42 - Kruger

43 - Spira

44 - Procyon

45 - Crucis

46 - Banquo

47 - Kiteye

48 - Kneller

49 - Hannah

50 - Betelgeuse

51 - Mesra

52 - Lapit

53 - Kracklite

54 - Salcis

55 - Okkra

56 - Bolstar

57 - Bestall

58 - Procis

59 - Salamon

60 - Groombridge

61 - Scheet

62 - Nath

63 - Strat

64 - Diss

65 - Bosch

66 - Plin

67 - Zed

68 - Paul

69 - Bolse

70 - Droma

71 - Alcano

72 - Spiller

73 - Polcis

74 - Hoyten

75 - Luper

76 - McCay

77 - Regulus

78 - Eiridani

79 - Branca

80 - Bellatrix

81 - Muriel

82 - Storbart

83 - Gobin

84 - Adnam

85 - Boston

86 - Locis

87 - Borick

88 - Crupal

89 - Indi

90 - Smeltza

91 - Fabritius

92 - Colcis

93 - Boudica

94 - Centauri

95 - Sopul

96 - Jonah

97 - Ritback

98 - Rostra

99 - Procyon

100 - Electra

 

The Skipping-Girl, counting 100 stars

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