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2016-Mar-17, 03:06 PM
Does the star at the tail of Monoceros have a name or a number? Thank you!

2016-Mar-17, 03:45 PM
According to this diagram (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Monoceros_IAU.svg), the tail star is Zeta Monocerotis. That's not really a name, but rather a designation listed in Bayer's catalog from the 1600s. I don't immediately find a reference to a proper name for that star, which is not surprising, since Monoceros apparently wasn't recognized as a constellation by ancient astronomers, as its stars are very faint. Zeta is only mag. 4.4... but one can't fault it for that: it's over 1000 light years distant.

2016-Mar-17, 04:34 PM
"Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning" by Richard Allen states that no stars in the constellation of Monoceros have proper names.