- A living Pentacrinid, Isocrinus asteria; the first specimen found, after Guettard's figure published in 1761.
(f) Ore infero centrali: Medusa, Asteria, Echinus.
The latter, pursued by the jealous Hera, after long wandering found shelter in Delos (originally Asteria), where she bore a son, Apollo, under a palm-tree at the foot of Mount Cynthus.
Some of the slightlycloudy Ceylon sapphires, usually of greyish-blue colour, display when cut with a convex face a chatoyant luminosity, sometimes forming a luminous star of six rays, whence they are called "starsapphires" (see Asteria).
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