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Named Star [Astro*Index]

The ancient system of stellar nomenclature.

Modern astronomers sometimes make use of the star names of the brightest stars (Spica, for example), but prefer to use either a Greek letter plus genitive case of the constellation name (Alpha Centauri, for example), or a star's number from a specified star catalogue (BD1234, or 3723[FK3]).

See also:
♦ Fixed Star


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