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Great A'Tuin is the fictional giant star turtle in the Discworld universe, who travels through space, carrying the four giant elephants (named Berilia, Tubul, Great T'Phon, and Jerakeen) who in turn carry the Discworld. A member of the species Chelys galactica, A'Tuin is the only turtle to ever feature on the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram. Its shell is frosted with frozen methane, pitted with meteor craters, and scoured with asteroidal dust. The Three Graces, here in a painting by Sandro Botticelli, were the goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility in Greek mythology. ... Families See text Turtles are reptiles of the order Testudinata, most of whose body is shielded by a special bony shell developed from their ribs. ... The Discworld is a series of over 30 novels by Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld. ... Outer space (also called just space), as a name for a region, refers to the relatively empty parts of the Universe, outside the atmospheres of celestial bodies. ... Genera and Species Loxodonta Loxodonta cyclotis Loxodonta africana Elephas Elephas maximus Stegodon (extinct) Deinotherium (extinct) Mammuthus (extinct) Elephantidae (the elephants) is the only extant family in the order Proboscidea. ... In biology, a species is a kind of organism. ... In stellar astronomy, the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram (usually referred to by the abbreviation H-R diagram or HRD) shows the relationship between absolute magnitude, luminosity, stellar classification, and surface temperature. ...

Great A'Tuin's sex is unknown, the inhabitants of the Disc being unable to peer underneath the turtle themselves, but is the subject of much speculation by some of the Disc's finest scientific minds - in an analogy to astrophysicists, specialists in this field are called astrochelonians. The sex of The World Turtle is pivotal in proving or disproving a number of conflicting theories about the destination of "Great A'Tuin's" journey through the cosmos. If (as one popular theory states) "Great A'Tuin" is moving to his (or her) mating grounds, then at the point of mating might the civilisations of the Disc be crushed or simply slide off? Attempts by telepaths to learn more about Great A'Tuin's intents have not met with much success, mainly because they did not realise that its brain functions on such a slow timescale. Look up Sex in Wiktionary, the free dictionary The members of many species of living things are divided into two or more categories called sexes (or loosely speaking, genders). ... Spiral Galaxy ESO 269-57 Astrophysics is the branch of astronomy that deals with the physics of the universe, including the physical properties (luminosity, density, temperature and chemical composition) of astronomical objects such as stars, galaxies, and the interstellar medium, as well as their interactions. ... For other uses of the word, see cosmos (disambiguation) The cosmos is the universe, especially when thought of as an orderly or harmonious system. ... For other uses, see Civilization (disambiguation). ... Telepathy, from the Greek τηλε, tele, distant, and πάθεια, patheia, feeling, is the supposed ability to communicate information from one mind to another without the use of extra tools such as speech or body language, and is one form of extra-sensory perception or anomalous cognition. ...

Following the events in The Light Fantastic, Great A'Tuin attended the hatching of eight baby turtles, each with four baby elephants and a tiny Discworld of their own. They have since gone off on their own journeys. The Light Fantastic is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the second of the Discworld series. ...

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