The Elephant in the Room Philip Edwards (ISAS 1994-2006) (ATNF 2006-) Hirabayashi aka Hirax Secret agent? The thrash metal band Hirax was formed in California in 1984 The Language Instinct
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“The elephant’s trunk is six feet long and one foot thick and contains sixty thousand muscles. … Elephants are the only living animals that possess this extraordinary organ. Their closest living terrestrial relative is the hyrax, a mammal that you would probably not be able to tell from a large guinea pig.”
Several hyrax live in
the small Zoo in
easily located by the
visible from Hirax’s
used instead of "hyrax" many
times in some earlier English
European translators of those
times had no knowledge of the
hyrax, and therefore no name
There are references to hyraxes
in the Old Testament.
“ Blind monks examining an elephant", an 1888 ukiyo-e print by Hanabusa Itchō.
Zou-san, zou-san pillar;
O-hana ga nagai no ne
Sou-yo kaa-san mo nagai no yo
Little elephant, little elephant
You have a long, long nose
Yes, sir, my mother has a long nose tooZou-san
Memorably performed by the JPL space-VLBI choir in the mid-1990s
The Elephant’s Trunk Nebula (IC 1396) APOD 010720
Sagamihara city, in Kanagawa prefecture, is home to the main campus of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS). The astronomical links with the city were commemorated recently with minor planet (7435) being named "Sagamihara". The minor planet was discovered by K. Endate and K. Watanabe in 1994. The official citation for the naming of the minor planet notes ISAS's presence in the city and specifically mentions HALCA as being an ISAS satellite.
…although (6390) bears the name Hirabayashi, there is no connection to the VSOP Project Scientist!
The award for best joke of the SWG meeting goes to Esko Valtaoja. In describing the pitfalls of conducting a survey program without ground-based monitoring support, Esko gave the illustration of a new class of radio sources waiting to be ‘discovered’. These, he suggested, could be called HIghly RAdiating unknown sources -- HIRAXes!