Human beings have watched the stars for thousands of generations. They noted their movements and made up stories about the patterns
they seemed to form. We now recognize eighty-eight
. We recognized the familiar brighter stars and
. Many of the
. One of my favorite star names has got to be
. Fainter stars tend to get
mere catalog designations as in the Bayer
greek lettering system
, or the
Flamsteed numbering system
. At least these two catalog systems
refer to the constellations. Modern
such as the
Henry Draper Catalog
are even more obscure.
Which stars should you absolutely know?
the North Star, of course.
, the brightest in the night sky.
nearest neighbor in space. Arcturus, a rather close Red Giant. Vega, the bright blue one overhead in the evenings as school begins in
Can you really have a star named for you? Certainly not!
Those star naming companies are a fraud
Looking for a particular star?
Find it here!
Here’s the list of all 88 recognized constellations