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in astronomy, one of the natural satellites, or moons, of UranusUranus
, in astronomy, 7th planet from the sun, at a mean distance of 1.78 billion mi (2.87 billion km), with an orbit lying between those of Saturn and Neptune; its period of revolution is slightly more than 84 years.
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Desdemona

(dez-dĕ-moh -nă) A small satellite of Uranus, discovered in 1986. See Uranus' satellites; Table 2, backmatter.
Collins Dictionary of Astronomy © Market House Books Ltd, 2006

Desdemona

[‚dez·də′mōn·ə]
(astronomy)
A satellite of Uranus orbiting at a mean distance of 38,935 miles (62,660 kilometers) with a period of 11 hours 24 minutes, and with a diameter of about 36 miles (58 kilometers).
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Desdemona

blamelessness martyred through slander. [Br. Lit.: Othello]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Laiba Tahir, Desdemona in the play, said it was a real challenge to perform on the stage but parents' support and encouragement by her teacher enabled her to do the job.
Vratonga's Act II "Credo" offers a grand and robustly sung display of his evil plans, and in contrast, he achieves a lovely sotto voce and superb control in Act II's softly intoned "Era la notte," as he relates to Otello how he overheard Cassio speaking about Desdemona in his sleep.
Hence, Desdemona looked for a happy marriage yet it ends in murder, foolish Roderigo (spiked on a rapier thrust between the slats of a lonely sauna in the Orson Wells movie of the play) dies as he lusts after Desdemona, Othello commits suicide and Iago, the play's most extraordinary enigma, faces the torture chamber then extinction.
Cressida and Desdemona are orbiting Uranus only about 550 miles away from one another, and the former moon's gravity is tugging on the latter and slowly pulling them closer and closer together.
After defeating the mad Maestro, and saving her dream of dancing, Desdemona is once again presented with a challenge.
1) seems to represent Desdemona and Othello's courtship, not shown in the play but alluded to in act 1, scene 3.
Othello is renowned for its plotting by Iago and the violence of the false betrayal which sees the formerly besotted titular character murder his beloved Desdemona. The story still leaves me with a lot of questions after all these years - why doesn't Iago just get over it?
The clever and creative use of water centre stage - as a Venetian canal, a place of torture and as Desdemona's bath - is wonderfully effective.
English and literature scholars from the US and UK examine the boundary between the real and the fictional, especially with Desdemona; comparison to A Yorkshire Tragedy and Cinthio Giraldi's Hecatommithi; the use of black speech; the role of the handkerchief in constructing an idea of blackness and race; Othello's subjectivity in the context of the Ottoman Empire; the power of speech in the play to create racial and gendered identities; war and martial aspects; consummation and Othello and Desdemona's marriage; Othello's language; and the scene between Emilia and Desdemona in Act 4.
Shakespeare's 17th-century play centers on Othello, the "Negro" general of the Venitian army, his wife Desdemona, his lieutenant Cassio and his jealous adjunct Iago.