Zeta Reticuli stars as viewed from HIP=26737 RA: 85.21669, Decl:=31.350, Dist: ~122.3478ly, 16mm lens
1: Stars of Zeta Reticuli Interest Group
There are a total of 26 stars in the template with 12 identified by Marjorie Fish around 1969. Much of her efforts were undone by others who knew little about Astronomy, in any case, Ms. Fish’s work has served well to start this analysis. 12 identified
Marjorie Fish identified 12 (actually 13 counting both Zetas Reticuli) primary stars that conformed to the template provided by Betty Hill.
- Zeta (1 & 2) Reticuli
- Alpha Mensae
- 82 Eridani
- Tau Ceti
- 107 Piscis
- 54 Piscis
- Gliese 67 Hip 7918
- Gliese 86 Hip 10138
- Tau (1) Eridani
- Gliese 59A Hip 7235
- Kappa Fornascis
8 groups (blobs)
The original template seemed to lend itself rather well to the definition of eight (8) distinct groups or blobs.
The Square Root symbol. This group of stars resembles the mathematical Square Root symbol. I have included the single star of Group 3 in this because they do make for a “whole idea”
The Greater than Sign. This structure resembles the mathematical “Greater Than” sign.
Note: blob 1 and 2 are the most significant aspects of the “blob” analytics. When taken with blob 3 it begins to form a sort of mathematical expression (X > SQRT(hip22451) ). This “formation” affords us a valuable tool in evaluating possible matches.
Our only single star group. It serves as a method to identify the specific “square root” symbol. When viewed in conjunction with blobs 1 and 2, this feature helps to form an unexpected feature to assist in the identifying process.
The Triangle. A group of three stars forming a sort of triangle within the “Greater Than” sign.
The boomerang, this grouping of stars serves to further identify the “Grater Than” sign.
This group of 3 stars that form a union with group 1 seems rather cramped, perhaps by the size of the page at original drawing time. In any case they help to identify the terminus of the Square Root symbol.
The pentagon. This collection of 5 stars form a rough pentagram and help to identify the whole.
The binary pair. The host star is depicted as two “joined” stars; logic strongly suggests a binary star.
2 Break down of Template Objects
We were very lucky, in that the Fish interpretation is very close match. With this as a starting point I was able to identify each of the eight groups in my 3D models of the interest group and of the stars within 33 parsec (100 ly) from Earth.
Group I. This group is clearly present. The Square Root symbol; this unmistakably shaped group stands out in a way that few others could hope to approximate.
Group 2. Again; clearly present. Our greater than symbol is also difficult to confuse.
Group 3. As a single star this group only has meaning in context with other nearby stars. In this case the stars of Group 1 serve as this context, and, again, 100%. This star's identity, and alignment was critical in determining an accurate POV.
Group 4. The triangle, also clearly present.
Group 5. The boomerang. Ours has a fourth star added to the end. It sort of seemed natural, there was this line of “G” class stars, all about the same distance…
Group 6. Atop the terminus of the square root symbol is a small collection of stars. The original template shows 3 stars, but in a somewhat different configuration. Even allowing for memory issues it is difficult to resolve. If we take only the two left most stars as the group then we can allow enough artistic license to construe that the left most star is Upsilon Andromeda, and the “connected” star is Gliese 67. This at least ‘begins” to work, and may be close enough for some. However, for the purpose of this analysis; not close enough, thus a confidence of 0 is assigned.
Group 7. The Pentagon. Originally it was thought that this element wasn't shaped quite right to be of much use. However when I discovered what is likely the origional Point of View, the shape corrected itself, and became almost identical to Betty's origional drawing... This element has proven valuable in determining the correct POV for the map.
Group 8. Binary pair. Zeta Reticuli 1 & 2 do indeed form a binary star system. They are separated by enough distance that neither would interfere with the planetary development, or in the evolution of life in each other. They are two closely spaced, yet independent, solar systems.
3 Computer Vision
Applying ExtensiveTemplateMatching (a template matching method) from a Computer Vision Library called “AForge” (available at GetHub, and http://aforgenet.com) with a “similarityThreshold” of 99% results in a single match: 99.1%
To obtain this Betty’s original drawing was cleaned up; background made solid white, and all lines connecting the stars were removed, as well as the second “zeta Reticuli”. This template was applied to the computer generated view of the stars in question.
4 Mathematical expression
As was suggested above; the combination of specific groups appear to form a mathematical expression. These elements are present in our target. As for what this sublime formula may allude to…I am sure it is quite metaphysical. For now; I will settle for its presence.