Topic  No. 2


 

The names of the best-known Stars and Clusters, and how to say them

(adapted from Norton's Star Atlas)

COMMON NAME PRONUNCIATION BAYER NAME COMMON NAME PRONUNCIATION BAYER NAME
Achernar ake'-er-nar Alpha Eridani Hamal ham'-arl Alpha Arietis
Acrab ack'-rab Beta Scorpii Hyades high'-are-deez -
Acrux ay'-crux Alpha Crucis Kaus Australis course oss-strar'-liss Epsilon Sagittarii
Adara add-are'-a Epsilon Canis Majoris Kaus Borealis course bore-ee-ah'-liss  Lambda Sagittarii
Albireo al-bir'-ee-oh Beta Cygni < Kaus Media course mee'-dee-ah  Delta Sagittarii
Alcyone al-see'-oh-nee  Eta Tauri Lesath lee'-sarth Upsilon Scorpii
Aldebaran al-deb'-ah-ran Alpha Tauri Markab mar'-cab Alpha Pegasi
Algieba al-gee'-ba Gamma Leonis Mebsuta meb-soo'-ta Epsilon Geminorum
Algenib al-gee'-nib Gamma Pegasi Menkar men'-car Alpha Ceti
Alnilam al-nil-arm' Epsilon Orionis Merope mer'-oh-pee  
Alnitak  al-nit-ark'  Zeta Orionis Mesarthim me-sar-tim' Gamma Arietis
Alphard al-fard' Alpha Hydrae Miaplacidus mee-a-plass'-i-duss  Beta Carinae
Alphecca al-feck'-are Alpha Coronae Borealis Mimosa mim-oh'-sah Beta Crucis
Alpheratz al-fee-rats' Alpha Andromedae Mintaka min'-tar-car Delta Orionis
Alshain al-shar'-in Beta Aquilae Mira my'-rah Omicron Ceti
Altair al-tair' Alpha Aquilae Mirzam mire'-zam Beta Canis Majoris
Ankaa an'-car Alpha Phoenicis Peacock pea'-cock Alpha Pavonis
Antares an-tar'-eez Alpha Scorpii Pleiades plee'-ah-deez -
Arcturus ark-too'-russ Alpha Botis Pollux pol'-lux Beta Geminorum
Atria at'-ree-ah Alpha Trianguli Australis Porrima por'-rim-a   Gamma Virginis
Bellatrix bell-ay'-trix Gamma Orionis Praesepe pree-see'-pee -
Betelgeuse bee-tell-gerz' Alpha Orionis Procyon pro'-see-on Alpha Canis Minoris
Canopus ca-no'-puss Alpha Carinae Ras Alhague rass al-har'-gwee Alpha Ophiuchi
Capella car-pell'-a Alpha Aurigae Regulus regg'-you-luss Alpha Leonis
Castor cast'-er Alpha Geminorum Rigel rye'-gel,  rye'-jel Beta Orionis
Cor Caroli core car'-oll-ee  Alpha Canum Venaticorum Sadalmelik sar-dal-mell'-ick Alpha Aquarii
Cursa cur'-sar Beta Eridani Sadalsuud sar-dal-sood' Beta Aquarii
Deneb den'-eb Alpha Cygni Saiph safe' Kappa Orionis
Deneb Algiedi den'-eb al-jee'-dee Delta Capricorni Scheat she'-at Beta Pegasi
Denebola den-eb'-oh-la Beta Leonis Shaula shore'-la Lambda Scorpii
Diphda diff'-da Beta Ceti Sheratan share'-a-tarn Beta Arietis
El Nath el narth'  Beta Tauri Sirius si'-ree-us Alpha Canis Majoris
Fomalhaut foe'-mal-hort Alpha Piscis Austrini Spica spike'-a Alpha Virginis
Gacrux gay'-crux Gamma Crucis Tarazed tar'-a-zed Gamma Aquilae
Gemma jem'-ma Alpha Coronae Borealis Vega vay'-ga Alpha Lyrae
Gomeisa go-my'-sa Beta Canis Minoris Zuben Elgenubi zoo-ben' el-jen-oo'-bee Alpha Librae

 

The Greek Alphabet

a       Alpha       A b       Beta       B g     Gamma     G d       Delta       D
e     Epsilon     E z       Zeta       Z h        Eta        H q       Theta       Q
i        Iota         I k      Kappa     K l    Lambda    L m          Mu         M
n         Nu        N x          Xi         X o    Omicron    O p           Pi          P
r         Rho        R s     Sigma     S t        Tau         T u     Upsilon     U
f         Phi         F c        Chi        C y        Psi         Y w     Omega      W

 

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