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Week #57: Planet is Open!

Inspired by this awesome xkcd comic, this week's prompt is:

planet
noun
1. Astronomy .
a.Also called major planet. Any of the eight large heavenly bodies revolving about the sun and shining by reflected light: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, or Neptune, in the order of their proximity to the sun. Until 2006, Pluto was classified as a planet ninth in order from the sun; it has been reclassified as a dwarf planet.
b.a similar body revolving about a star other than the sun.
c. (formerly) a celestial body moving in the sky, as distinguished from a fixed star, applied also to the sun and moon.
2. Astrology . the sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto: considered sources of energy or consciousness in the interpretation of horoscopes.

and this is interesting: origin < Greek ( astéres ) planḗtai literally, wandering (stars).

Wandering stars. I like that.

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lilyfarfalla
Jun. 24th, 2012 06:09 am (UTC)
Wandering stars IS lovely!! Oh my.
esteefee
Jun. 26th, 2012 01:11 am (UTC)
bweeee!
maddie_amber
Jun. 25th, 2012 01:34 am (UTC)
Reminds me of a song!
esteefee
Jun. 26th, 2012 01:10 am (UTC)
yes! a They Might Be Giants song, maybe?
maddie_amber
Jun. 26th, 2012 11:12 am (UTC)
Actually an old show tune from a musical comedy called "Paint Your Wagon" set during the gold rush days in the American West. Starred a young Clint Eastwood. Oh God, I just got an idea for an AU. I could fit most of the SGA characters to characters in that play. Down brain, I have other stories to finish first.
maddie_amber
Jun. 27th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)
And just a little bit of trivia for those who don't know, why the planets were called 'wanderers'. Early astronomers duly noted that the stars progress on predictable paths across the sky night after night. The planets (they didn't at the time know they were planets) meandered through the heavens in erratic patterns (because of their proximity to Earth). Hence 'wandering stars'.
omg_wtf_yeah
Jun. 28th, 2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
Fun fact -- there's a Portisthead song of that title (Wandering Star).
esteefee
Jun. 29th, 2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
omg I used to listen to that album all the time.

PLOT BUNNY.
ldyanne
Jun. 30th, 2012 03:43 am (UTC)
Is there a certain time on Saturday when the challenge closes before the next one is announced? I have a fic that is slowly coming together. I want to try and get it posted before the challenge ends.
esteefee
Jun. 30th, 2012 06:11 am (UTC)
Challenge closes each Saturday at noon Pacific time. Good luck!
ldyanne
Jun. 30th, 2012 02:39 pm (UTC)
Okay, cool. That gives me a few hours. Thank you!
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