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Star Magnitudes. See 'Magnitude of Star'.

Stars. Self-luminous heavenly bodies, outside solar system, whose apparent positions relative to other stars do not change. Nearest star is about 4 1/4- light years distant; Canopus is more than 150 times this distance away. About 7000 stars - down to magnitude 6 - are visible to the naked eye; 2,000,000,000 have been photo­graphed or observed telescopically. Starlight in any hemisphere does not exceed 1/400 of full moonlight.

Start. To commence to pour liquid from a cask. To break an anchor out of the ground. To slightly ease a tackle, fall, or sheet. 2. Short length of rope sometimes used to hasten a laggard youngster.


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