View Full Version : How do I read a star name?

Tom Mazanec
2012-Mar-28, 06:27 PM
If I am reading outloud a star name like "HIP 6218", do I say "H-I-P 6-2-1-8" or "H-I-P 6218"? And if the later, isn't there a danger of mishearing this as "H-I-P 6280"?

Jeff Root
2012-Mar-28, 06:56 PM
You appear to be asking about how to express multidigit
numbers orally in general. Nothing specific to star names,
or even reading. I've always said "two thousand one" for
the year 2001, and hearing "twenty oh one" or even "two
thousand and one" grated on me.

I don't think there's an ISO standard on this. But then, I
haven't looked....

I said to someone a few weeks ago that I think the "teens"
in English will eventually be renamed so that the "teen"
part (or its equivalent) will come before the LSD.

-- Juliet echo foxtrot foxtrot, in Minneapolis