Last year for your birthday, we put out a request for donation $$’s for a star to be dedicated in your memory. It took a while to get it going, and then ordered and the hardest part was getting the words right in what we wanted to say about this star in your memory.
Even though the star cost $500.00, the monies go to the Science Education programs at the HR Macmillan Space Centre in Vancouver BC (otherwise known as the Planetarium where we would often go to just sit back, listen to the music and watch the star show).
This was one of your favourite places and then after, we would go to the beach behind the planetarium and walk around the beach and look at the crabs and shells.
This star in your memory is called ‘Amanda’s Snowflake Star of Hope’. It shines all year round and is in the constellation Auriga, the Charioteer. The actual star is named ‘Capella’ which is the Shepherd’s Star. (When I was given choices, Capella was perfect as it can almost be known as a musical term (with the A taken off) and we know how much you loved music. Also, it is described as a northern star that is ‘very bright and of great beauty’ and when near the horizon in the summer months, it flashes with red and green highlights.
Also, in the northern latitudes, it is a special star of winter and also shines brightly in the cold winter months (northward).
I hope that you can see it in the heavens where you are. Love you Princess Snowflake!!
Love Mom xoxo
To everyone else – please take the time to look for the Star that Amanda always wanted to be!!
How to find Capella in the Night Sky – http://earthsky.org/brightest-stars/capella-is-the-stellar-beacon-of-auriga-the-charioteer
“Just as all snowflakes are unique, look to the sky, the heavens glow with unique stars. Amanda’s Snowflake Star inspires hope, peace and kindness!”
Dedication recognized by the HR MacMillan Space Centre Society Vancouver Canada. Donations assist the student outings at the planetarium.