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Ascension(əsĕn`chən), island (1998 pop. 712), 34 sq mi (88 sq km), in the S Atlantic, NW of Saint HelenaSaint Helena
, island, 47 sq mi (122 sq km), in the S Atlantic Ocean, 1,200 mi (1,931 km) W of Africa. Together with the islands of Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, it comprises the British overseas territory of St. Helena (2015 est. pop. 7,800). The capital and port is Jamestown.
..... Click the link for more information. and belonging to the British St. Helena overseas territory. Georgetown is the main settlement and port. Ascension is volcanic and rocky with little vegetation except on the western side of Green Mt. (2,817 ft/859 m), where mixed plantings beginning in the mid-1800s have established a cloud forest. It supports considerable livestock (rabbits, wild goats, and partridges), much of which was brought in by the nonindigenous population. Sea turtles and terns breed there annually. The United States maintains missile, satellite tracking, and space research stations on the island. Discovered by the Portuguese João da Nova in 1501, Ascension was taken by the British in 1815 and used as a naval station. In 1922 it was made a dependency of St. Helena. The island served as a refueling base for British aircraft and ships during the Falkland IslandsFalkland Islands
, Span. Islas Malvinas, group of islands (2015 est. pop. 3,000), 4,618 sq mi (11,961 sq km), S Atlantic, c.300 mi (480 km) E of the Strait of Magellan. The islands are a British overseas territory; the capital is Stanley.
..... Click the link for more information. conflict between Britain and Argentina in 1982.
Ascension,name usually given to the departure of Jesus from earth as related in the Gospels according to Mark (16) and Luke (24) and in Acts 1.1–11. The annual commemoration of this is one of the principal feasts in most Christian churches. Ascension Thursday, as it is called, occurs on the 40th day after Easter, being the Thursday of the sixth week of Easter. In early English usage this festival was known as Holy Thursday.
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AscensionAssumption of Virgin Mary
belief that Mary was assumed bodily into heaven. [Christian Tradition: NCE, 1709]
Mary often depicted standing on or above moon. [Christian Iconog.: Brewer Dictionary, 726]
Helen of Troy
transported to heaven in fiery chariot. [O.T.: II Kings 2:11]
soars away into the air from the cave in which Menelaus left her. [Gk. Drama: Euripides Helen]
40 days after Resurrection, ascended into heaven. [N.T.: Acts 1:1–11]
borne to heaven by angels. [Fr. Opera: Faust, Westerman, 183–185]
Muhammad’s night journey to paradise. [Islam: Leach, 731]
stars, garland of
taken to the heavens by Mars in a fiery chariot. [Rom. Myth: Brewer Dictionary, 775]
emblem associated with the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. [Christian Iconog.: Jobes, 374]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
Astronomy the rising of a star above the horizon
New Testament the passing of Jesus Christ from earth into heaven (Acts 1:9)
an island in the S Atlantic, northwest of St Helena: uninhabited until claimed by Britain in 1815. Pop.: 1122 (2003 est.). Area: 88 sq. km (34 sq. miles)
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