by Rev. Mary B. O'Malley, MD, PhD ©2014
Photo of Mulu Bat, Syrma Star, Iota Virginis [www.snipview.com]
About the star:
Mulu Bat, better known as Iota Virginis, is in the constellation of Virgo. This binary star is also known by the traditional name Syrma, derived from the Arabic 'sirma' ("train of a garment") because of it's position in the 'Virgin's gown'. Mulu Bat's A star (Iota Virginis A) is a yellow-colored star, with a mass 1.5 times the mass of our Sun, and with a luminosity 8.7 times as bright as our Sun. Mulu Bat's B star (Iota Virginis B) has not been seen directly, but calculated to have a smaller mass, and speculated to be a white dwarf. They rotate about one another with a period of 55 years. Traditional folklore in both Mesopotamia and China associates Mulu Bat as the "Death Star", as well as death and rebirth, though the details of this association have been lost with time.
and Star Names Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1963, )
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