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RoboSpy
2004-Sep-21, 11:44 PM
I've looked about, and I can't seem to find a good, comprehensive list of named stars with their phonetic pronunciations included. Can anyone suggest a site?

Normandy6644
2004-Sep-21, 11:55 PM
I've looked about, and I can't seem to find a good, comprehensive list of named stars with their phonetic pronunciations included. Can anyone suggest a site?

There is a book out called Nightwatch (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1552093026/qid=1095810878/sr=ka-1/ref=pd_ka_1/002-5680013-6512817) that I have that says how they are all pronounced. It's a worthy investment too, since it has a lot of great information.

pi is exactly 3
2004-Sep-22, 01:07 AM
Yes I also reccomend that book. It is written by a canadian named Terrence Dickensen. I think I've seen him appear on the discovery channel from time to time as well. It is a very good book. I have the second AND third editions. Terrence is the editor of "sky news" magazine plus the author of several very good children's astronomy books.
cheers :D

Peter B
2004-Sep-22, 03:40 AM
But can anyone recommend a pronunciation for the star name Fomalhaut?

:)

dvb
2004-Sep-22, 05:27 AM
Yes I also reccomend that book. It is written by a canadian named Terrence Dickensen. I think I've seen him appear on the discovery channel from time to time as well. It is a very good book. I have the second AND third editions. Terrence is the editor of "sky news" magazine plus the author of several very good children's astronomy books.
cheers :D

Terrence Dickensen! :o

What a great author! I've read two of his books. What I like about him is that his concepts are really easy to follow, and understand even for a layperson. He has some great reads if you're just a beginner wanting to learn more about astronomy.

Edit: After clicking on the link that Normandy posted, I realized that the two books "Nightwatch", and "The Backyard Astronomer's Guide" mentioned on Amazon's page are the books that I read. :)

eburacum45
2004-Sep-22, 05:39 AM
I would say it Fom-al-hot;

but I have found two different pronunciations on the net so far...
http://www.bartleby.com/61/1/F0230100.html

makes it 'fml-hôt'

and
http://www.earthsky.com/skywatching/pronunciation.php

makes it 'FO-mal-oh'

so you can make your own mind up...

Chip
2004-Sep-22, 06:11 AM
I've looked about, and I can't seem to find a good, comprehensive list of named stars with their phonetic pronunciations included. Can anyone suggest a site?

Try this (http://www.astro-tom.com/technical_data/pronunciation_guide.htm).

DilbertM340
2009-Oct-05, 02:54 AM
I just discovered this website and would like to share it with anyone else out there searching for pronunciations. I spent about an hour trying to find what I was looking for. Hopefully this eases the pain for another websurfer. :lol:

http://www.starrynighteducation.com/resources_pronunciation.html

You can see and hear the pronunciation for many stars on this website.

StupendousMan
2009-Oct-05, 09:10 PM
I've looked about, and I can't seem to find a good, comprehensive list of named stars with their phonetic pronunciations included. Can anyone suggest a site?

If you like paper,

http://www.amazon.com/Star-Names-Their-Meaning-Astronomy/dp/0486210790/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1254777013&sr=8-1

slang
2009-Oct-05, 10:39 PM
http://www.starrynighteducation.com/resources_pronunciation.html

You can see and hear the pronunciation for many stars on this website.

Just goes to show... patience will be rewarded :) 5 years and and another answer shows up! Welcome to BAUT, DilbertM340!

And it's foam-all-how-t, IMHO :)

Romanus
2009-Oct-05, 10:51 PM
<--- Seconding Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning...

Dgennero
2009-Oct-07, 02:19 PM
I went through several of the guides and it shows once again that the pronunciation isn't written in stone, e.g.:
Spica as SPY-ka vs. SPEEka,
Alnilam as Al-NYE-lam vs. Al-NEElam.
Except for the best known objects like Rigel (even there I'd much like "Ridge - L"), I tend to use what I call a "latinate pronunciation", that is, closely to Latin or almost every other European language where the vowels AEIOU are not diphthongized.
So it's Speeka and Alneelam for me.
Fomalhaut - that looks so suggestively French to me that I say "fo-mal-oh".

mahesh
2009-Oct-07, 05:05 PM
I've known the crater Tycho Brahe, pronounced Teekoh.... Is that correct? I always thought it was, tie co...

Veeger
2009-Oct-07, 11:08 PM
Try this (http://www.astro-tom.com/technical_data/pronunciation_guide.htm).

The pronunciation seems very much dependent upon one's local culture. For example, the guide in Chip's link is slanted toward a USA pronunciation. In most places around the world, "ai" is pronounced "eye", in the U.S. it is pronounced "ay". U.S. pronunciation is the minority I would think. Of course the real authority would be the original discoverer.

Jens
2009-Oct-08, 01:28 AM
I've known the crater Tycho Brahe, pronounced Teekoh.... Is that correct? I always thought it was, tie co...

I think the problem is whether the person is pronouncing it in a fully anglicized way or not. A Danish person would pronounce it differently, so perhaps an English person who has lived in Denmark or Germany might pronounce it differently. I grew up in France, so there are times when I pronounce things differently from most native English speakers. Like for example, I always pronounce Charlemagne with a sound like an "sh" at the beginning, and with the ending so that it doesn't rhyme with "rain."

Jens
2009-Oct-08, 01:29 AM
Of course the real authority would be the original discoverer.

What's difficult is a lot of the original names, for example those from Arabic, have been changed (I wanted to use another word, but I think the board rejects it), and the original often has sounds that we don't have in English.

Grey
2009-Oct-08, 01:39 PM
But can anyone recommend a pronunciation for the star name Fomalhaut?

:)
"Speed allows no afterthought",
says the Whale's mouth, Fomalhaut.