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Star Naming Ceremony !

The    International    Astronomical    Union    (IAU),    arbiter    of    naming    things    in    space,    has prepared   an   official   catalog   which   has   names   for   227   stars   in   our   galaxy.   As   of   November 24,   names   such   as   Polaris   (the   North   Star)   and   Betelgeuse   (the   bright   red   star   in   Orion) are approved. Until   now,   there   has   been   no   central   star   registry   or   guidelines   for   naming.   There   are many   star   catalogs,   each   one   designating   stars   with   different   combinations   of   letters   and numbers.   Thesw   excess   options   has   left   most   stars   with   an   abundance   of   labels   (HD 8890 is one of over 40 designations for Polaris). The   new   IAU   catalog   is   a   stab   at   formalizing   the   more   popular   names.   Before   this,   only   14 stars   (included   in   the   227)   had   been   formally   named.   The   brightest   member   of   Alpha Centauri,   the   pair   of   stars   that   are   among   the   closest   to   our   solar   system,   is   now   officially dubbed Rigil Kentaurus, an early Arabic name meaning “foot of the centaur

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design, development and maintenance : KSTA

Star Naming Ceremony !

The    International    Astronomical    Union    (IAU), arbiter   of   naming   things   in   space,   has   prepared an    official    catalog   which    has    names    for    227 stars   in   our   galaxy.   As   of   November   24,   names such   as   Polaris   (the   North   Star)   and   Betelgeuse (the bright red star in Orion) are approved. Until    now,    there    has    been    no    central    star registry    or    guidelines    for    naming.    There    are many   star   catalogs,   each   one   designating   stars with     different     combinations     of     letters     and numbers.   Thesw   excess   options   has   left   most stars   with   an   abundance   of   labels   (HD   8890   is one of over 40 designations for Polaris). The   new   IAU   catalog   is   a   stab   at   formalizing the   more   popular   names.   Before   this,   only   14 stars   (included   in   the   227)   had   been   formally named.     The     brightest     member     of     Alpha Centauri,   the   pair   of   stars   that   are   among   the closest    to    our    solar    system,    is    now    officially dubbed   Rigil   Kentaurus,   an   early   Arabic   name meaning “foot of the centaur

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