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Mira \Mi"ra\, n. [NL., from L. mirus wonderful.] (Astron.) A remarkable variable star in the constellation Cetus ( [omicron] Ceti).


Mira , alternatively designated Omicron Ceti (ο Ceti, abreviated Omicron Cet, ο Cet) is a red giant star estimated to be 200–400 light years from the Sun in the constellation of Cetus. (Its distance is uncertain; pre- Hipparcos estimates centered on 220 light-years; while Hipparcos data from the 2007 reduction suggest a distance of 299 light-years, with a margin of error of 11%.)

It is part of a binary stellar system, consisting of itself (designated Mira A) along with a white dwarf companion ( Mira B). Mira A is also a pulsating variable star and was the first non- supernova variable star discovered, with the possible exception of Algol. It is the brightest periodic variable in the sky that is not visible to the naked eye for part of its cycle.

Mira (disambiguation)

Mira is a star in the constellation Cetus

Mira may also refer to:

Mira (band)

Mira were a five-piece dream pop/ shoegaze band from Tallahassee, Florida, formed in 1996.

Mira (film)

Mira is a 1971 Dutch-Belgian drama film directed by Fons Rademakers. It was entered into the 1971 Cannes Film Festival. The film was selected as the Dutch entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 44th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.

Mira (given name)

Mira is a feminine given name with varying meanings. In the Romance languages, it is related to the Latin words for "wonder" and "wonderful." In the various Slavic languages, it means "peace" and is often used as part of a longer name, such as Miroslava (masculine form: Miroslav) or Sławomira (masculine form: Sławomir). In Sanskrit, it means "ocean", "sea", "limit" or "boundary" In Hebrew, it is a derivative of Miriam or the female equivalent of Meir, meaning light.

It is distinct from " Myra" which has a different origin.

People with the given name include:

  • Mira Aroyo (born 1977), Bulgarian musician
  • Mira Awad (born 1975), Israeli-Arab actress and musician
  • Mira Bai or Meera (1498–1547), Hindu mystical singer and poet
  • Mira Craig (born 1982), Norwegian R&B singer and songwriter
  • Míra Emberovics (born 1988), Hungarian handball player
  • Mira Furlan (born 1955), Croatian actress and singer
  • Mira Golubović (born 1976), Serbian retired professional volleyball player
  • Mira Gonzalez (born 1992), American poet
  • Mira Kuś (born 1958), Polish poet and journalist
  • Mira Lesmana (born 1964), Indonesian songwriter, film director and producer
  • Mira Leung (born 1989), Canadian retired figure skater
  • Mira Mihelič (1912-1985), Slovene writer and translator
  • Mira Nair (born 1957), Indian-American film director
  • Mira Sorvino (born 1967), American actress
  • Mira Topić (born 1983), Croatian volleyball player
  • Mira W. (Widjaja) (born 1951), Indonesian author
  • Mira Zimińska (1901-1997), Polish actress
Mira (surname)

Mira is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Brigitte Mira (1910–2005), German actress
  • George Mira (born 1942), American retired National Football League quarterback
  • George Mira, Jr. (born c. 1965), American former college football player, son of the above
  • Joan Francesc Mira i Casterà (born 1939), Valencian writer, anthropologist and sociologist
  • José Palau Mira (born 1992), Spanish footballer
  • Matt Mira (born 1983), American comedian
  • Pasqual Maragall i Mira (born 1941), Spanish politician
  • Pedro Solbes Mira (born 1942), Spanish economist and government minister
Mira (world music ensemble)

Mira was a trans-cultural musical collaboration initiated by Martin Gordon1 and Peter Culshaw in 1995. Martin Gordon is well-known through his pop pedigree and his involvement with Sparks, Jet, Radio Stars, John's Children and assorted others. Peter Culshaw is a journalist/musician who worked with the West India Company. The pair began working together in Bombay in 1991 during a West India Company/ Boy George recording. Mira subsequently began life as a performance art duo (under the names of Kevin Nehru and Doug Leppard) which made well-received appearances in London art galleries. Gordon and Culshaw then developed material for a live stage show ('New Hope for the Dead', choreographed by Joseph Houseal) that was performed at the Place Theatre, London, and which featured dancers, trapeze artists, martial arts performers and computer graphics. Mira's sole CD New Hope For The Dead2 made an appearance in the World Music Chart Europe, the band performed at the 1997 Montreux Jazz Festival and then collapsed under sheer weight of numbers.

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Usage examples of "mira".

Mira Corp office was a small room set aside for backup documentation on nonelectronic media in case of catastrophic computer failure on Greentrees.

MIRA and the Star Colophon are trademarks used under license and registered in Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, United States Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries.

First published in Great Britain 2000 MIRA Books, Eton House, 18-24 Paradise Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1SR Susan Wiggs 1999 ISBN 155166 491 7 580001 Printed and bound in Spain by Litografia Roses S.

And then, several months later, after the Sundays of Advent, after Christmas, after New Year's, after snow, thaw, more snow, long-lasting snow, after the beginning of spring and the distribution of Easter report cards -- everybody was promoted -- after a period in which nothing happened -- unless I should mention the accident in the machine shop: the apprentice Hotten Scherwinski lost the middle finger and index finger of his left hand to the buzz saw -- came the registered letter announcing, over the signature of Gauleiter Forster, that the shepherd puppy Prinz of the litter Falko, Kastor, Bodo, Mira, Prinz -- out of Thekla of Schüddelkau, breeder A.

I was obliged and permitted to babble in baby talk about Papa Harras and Mama Thekla, about their babies Falko, Kastor, Bodo, Mira, and Prinz.

Ci furono stalloni che presero di mira bovini o massi e alcuni morirono travolti cercando di montare automobili.

As she counted, Mira set the screen aside, and once again moved around Celina to check her medicals.

Jake seldom left the disinfected, mostly defoliated, electronically protected confines of Mira City.

Mira wasn't the type to drop in unannounced, nor to pay social calls in the middle of a work day.

Eve always had to remember to change gears when meeting with Mira.

Relief at finding Mira home, alive, well, safe -- and the oddity of thinking of the composed psychiatrist as Grandmom played through her mind.

Relief at finding Mira home, alive, well, safe—and the oddity of thinking of the composed psychiatrist as Grandmom played through her mind.

Lui era stato gravemente preso di mira, spinto di forza in quell'intollerabile situazione.

Mira took her into a cozy sitting room done in quiet blues and misty greens.

After four days, they had finally come near enough to the mountaintop so that Gar and Alea were willing to make a more or less permanent camp-but by this time, they were so deeply involved in discussing the ideas in the books that they left pitching camp to Blaize and Mira.