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What Is Agena ?
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Agena (in Turkish): brother, friend (a local dialect)

Agena (astronomy)

Beta Centauri (β Cen / β Centauri), also known as Hadar or Agena, is the second brightest star in the constellation Centaurus and the tenth brightest star in the night sky. The name Hadar comes from the Arabic word for "ground", while the name Agena comes from Latin words for "the knee".

Hadar, however, is not one star, but three. About a second of arc away is a 4th magnitude class B star, Hadar B. More interesting, sophisticated observations that rely on the interference properties of light show that Hadar A (the brighter of the two) consists of a pair of identical stars that orbit each other with a period of 357 days.

This star beta (β Agena) and alpha (α Toliman) are the Southern Pointers, i.e. towards the Southern Cross (Crux), often regarded as the Cynosure of the southern hemisphere [the northern cynosure, or center of attention, is Polaris or Ursa Minor]

Agena (astrology):

Agena, Beta Centauri, 23°55' Scorpio: according to Ptolemy, Agena is of the nature of Venus and Jupiter and favours honour, friendship, morality, the profession, success and endows the personality with refinement.

In summary, Agena is a star triplet symbolizing the friendship, brothership, success, honour, profession and refinement.




Our advisor, Assoc. Prof. A. Arif Ergin, attended at Naval Systems Seminar and presented a paper on Radar Cross Section Analysis and Radar Invisibility Technologies. (October 11 - 12, 2010)