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The Curtmudgeon
2003-Jun-01, 09:54 PM
Is there a good book on star names? I'm not talking about the astronomical nomenclature "Alpha Centauri" etc., but rather traditional names still used such as Regulus, Arcturus, etc. I'd sort of like to find at least a catalogue of such names that are generally recognised (I realise that every single culture ever on Earth has/had their own names for at least the brightest of the stars; I'm really only interested in the ones in common usage today, most of which as I understand it are either Greco-Roman or Arabic). If it was more than merely a catalogue, but gave some explanation as well (at least, noting which culture provided the name or some such division of the catalogue), that would be a huge plus.

Thanx for any pointers.

The (baby's naming book of stars?) Curtmudgeon

Glom
2003-Jun-01, 10:05 PM
Only the brightest and most important ones have proper names. Less significant ones gets Bayer and Flamsteed designations and the rest have big fat catalogue numbers like SAO and GSC.

planethollywood
2003-Jun-01, 11:22 PM
is there a way to register a for name for them? I only ask as it might be considered romantic that a girl gets a star named after her. It could get a guy in the good books quickly...maybe.

Tobin Dax
2003-Jun-01, 11:46 PM
I suggest the following website. It has a list and description/history of the major stars in all of the constellations. Plus, I have to plug something from my own school. :D The BA has a few links to his site, as well, IIRC.

http://www.astro.uiuc.edu/~kaler/sow/sowlist.html


planethollywood - There are plenty of companies that you can pay to name a star. However, they are all scams. There is no way that I know of to officially name a star after your gf/crush/etc.

Dax

nebularain
2003-Jun-02, 12:13 AM
Welcome to the Board Tobin Dax!

And, good info! :D

kilopi
2003-Jun-02, 01:50 AM
I've no web links, but I know of two reference books that are full of this sort of stuff. The three volume Burnham's Celestial Handbook (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/048623567X/104-5865219-6957512?vi=glance) is often offered as the sign up prize for astronomy book clubs, and Dover Publications still has the Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0486210790/ref%3Dnosim/skymaps/104-5865219-6957512) by Allen, first written a hundred years ago--before some of the constellations were fixed I think.

The Curtmudgeon
2003-Jun-02, 01:51 AM
I suggest the following website. It has a list and description/history of the major stars in all of the constellations. Plus, I have to plug something from my own school. :D The BA has a few links to his site, as well, IIRC.

http://www.astro.uiuc.edu/~kaler/sow/sowlist.html

Yes, Tobin, that seems to be a great start on what I was wanting, especially the page here (http://www.astro.uiuc.edu/~kaler/sow/starname.html).

Thanx!

The (star-ing out into space) Curtmudgeon

Tobin Dax
2003-Jun-02, 02:18 AM
Yes, Tobin, that seems to be a great start on what I was wanting, especially the page here.

Thanx!

You're welcome. I don't think I've come across that page yet. You learn something new every day. :)

Thanks for the welcome, nebularain. I've been lurking for a few months, and finally decided I should join. All I need is another excuse to not do schoolwork. :D

nebularain
2003-Jun-02, 12:59 PM
We know the feeling - don't we g99, Colt, others...? :P

tracer
2003-Jun-04, 08:03 PM
is there a way to register a for name for them? I only ask as it might be considered romantic that a girl gets a star named after her. It could get a guy in the good books quickly...maybe.
If you're willing to give money to an organization that's going to put your honey's name on a random splotch on an outdated star chart, and maybe scribble down this fact in a book somewhere, then go right ahead.

Just don't fool yourself into thinking there'll be anything official about the star name you choose, that real Astronomers will use the name, or that other star-name-selling agencies won't sell the same star to someone else.

http://home.columbus.rr.com/starfaq/

Another Phobos
2003-Jun-05, 09:38 PM
is there a way to register a for name for them? I only ask as it might be considered romantic that a girl gets a star named after her. It could get a guy in the good books quickly...maybe.

Like tracer said, there is a business/company out there who claims to sell star names (International Star Registry?). But that list never goes any further than their record room. It is not recognized as a valid list by anyone else, especially by astronomers.

The only organization that gets to name stars (and all other things astronomical) is the International Astronomers Union (hope I have that right) which is a group of professional astronomers. The names aren't for sale.

frenat
2003-Jun-05, 10:00 PM
Alternatively, if you had some method of faster than light travel and could actually get to another star system in your lifetime, claimed it and then had the navy to back it up and prevent others from taking it, you could call that star anything you wish. Although nobody anywhere else has to do so. :wink: