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
recognized the familiar brighter stars and
gave them names
. Many of the
. One of
my favorite star names has got to be
. Fainter stars tend to get mere catalog designations as in
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
Which stars should you absolutely know?
the North Star, of course.
, the brightest in the night
, our nearest neighbor in space.
, a rather close Red Giant. Vega, the bright blue one overhead in the evenings as
school begins in September. Let’s look at tonight’s sky with the Stellarium app. Check out the ‘find a star’ link below for some fun.
Can you really have a star named for you?
Those star naming companies are a scam
Looking for a particular star?
Find it here!
Here’s the list of all 88 recognized constellations