History UsefulNotes / Stars

1st Apr '16 1:54:11 AM harharhar
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Traditional or "proper" names: Most ancient cultures had names for the brighter stars, but generally the ones assigned by [[OlderThanFeudalism the ancient Greeks]] (Arcturus, Sirius, Procyon, etc.) and [[OlderThanPrint medieval Arabs]] (Betelgeuse, Altair, Deneb, Rigel, etc.) are the ones you'll find on star charts today. Many of these star names start with "Al", because "al" is the Arabic word for "the" and Arabic astronomical names tend toward "The Something" because of the way the UsefulNotes/ArabicLanguage works. Others have received proper names more recently - Alpha Pavonis was named "Peacock" by the Royal Air Force because it didn't have a well known one yet, and it was needed on maps as a navigation star for pilots operating in the Southern Hemisphere.

to:

* Traditional or "proper" names: Most ancient cultures had names for the brighter stars, but generally the ones assigned by [[OlderThanFeudalism the ancient Greeks]] (Arcturus, Sirius, Procyon, etc.) and [[OlderThanPrint medieval Arabs]] (Betelgeuse, Altair, Deneb, Rigel, etc.) are the ones you'll find on star charts today. Many of these star names start with "Al", because "al" is the Arabic word for "the" and Arabic astronomical names tend toward "The Something" because [[note]]Speaking of the way the Arab names, due to how UsefulNotes/ArabicLanguage works. Others works, Al- (which means "The") is extremely common in star names. Also, very often the Arab names of stars can be translated into "The Something" or "Something (of) The Something"; stars with the long names translatable to the latter version generally have their modern names shortened. And speaking of "Something (of) The Something"-kind of naming, aside from Al-, the words Ras- ("Head") and Deneb- ("Tail") are also very common among different stars, obviously especially for stars in constellations depicting animals. Cardinal directions such as -Schemali/Shamali ("North") and -Genubi ("South") are also common.[[/note]]Others have received proper names more recently - Alpha Pavonis was named "Peacock" by the Royal Air Force because it didn't have a well known one yet, and it was needed on maps as a navigation star for pilots operating in the Southern Hemisphere.
2nd Oct '15 9:23:39 PM karstovich2
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The Flamsteed designation: A number followed by the genitive constellation name, such as "51 Pegasi" or "40 Eridani." As with the Bayer designations, this naming scheme pre-dates the widespread use of telescopes in astronomy, and thus only applies to stars visible with the naked eye. These were developed by John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal of England/Great Britain ([[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfStuart 1675]]-[[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfHanover 1719]]), albeit with a complicated history that would probably make for an amusing play (involving Sirs UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton and Edmund Halley pilfering Flamsteed's catalogue and publishing it without permission, only for Flamsteed's wife to publish the list after his death without numbers, and then having a Frenchman restore the numbers in modern form sixty years later). Flamsteed designations [[strike:seem to be arbitrary]] were originally supposed to have the number increase from west to east, but precession and proper motion have changed the position of some stars relative to celestial longitude since the time the designations were made. Some of them weren't stars at all; for example, what Flamsteed included in chart as "34 Tauri" turned out to be the planet Uranus - as a sidenote, this error left that designation available [[{{Series/Firefly}} for the star at the heart of a certain 'Verse...]]

to:

* The Flamsteed designation: A number followed by the genitive constellation name, such as "51 Pegasi" or "40 Eridani." As with the Bayer designations, this naming scheme pre-dates the widespread use of telescopes in astronomy, and thus only applies to stars visible with the naked eye. These were developed by John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal of England/Great Britain ([[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfStuart 1675]]-[[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfHanover 1719]]), albeit with a complicated history that would probably make for an amusing play (involving Sirs Edmond Halley and Sir UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton and Edmund Halley pilfering Flamsteed's catalogue and publishing it without permission, only for Flamsteed's wife to publish the list after his death without numbers, and then having a Frenchman restore the numbers in modern form sixty years later). Flamsteed designations [[strike:seem to be arbitrary]] were originally supposed to have the number increase from west to east, but precession and proper motion have changed the position of some stars relative to celestial longitude since the time the designations were made. Some of them weren't stars at all; for example, what Flamsteed included in chart as "34 Tauri" turned out to be the planet Uranus - as a sidenote, this error left that designation available [[{{Series/Firefly}} for the star at the heart of a certain 'Verse...]]
2nd Oct '15 9:21:49 PM karstovich2
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The Flamsteed designation: A number followed by the genitive constellation name, such as "51 Pegasi" or "40 Eridani." As with the Bayer designations, this naming scheme pre-dates the use of telescopes in astronomy, and thus only applies to stars visible with the naked eye. Flamsteed designations [[strike:seem to be arbitrary]] were originally supposed to have the number increase from west to east, but precession and proper motion have changed the position of some stars relative to celestial longitude since the time the designations were made. Some of them weren't stars at all; for example, what Flamsteed included in chart as "34 Tauri" turned out to be the planet Uranus - as a sidenote, this error left that designation available [[{{Series/Firefly}} for the star at the heart of a certain 'Verse...]]

to:

* The Flamsteed designation: A number followed by the genitive constellation name, such as "51 Pegasi" or "40 Eridani." As with the Bayer designations, this naming scheme pre-dates the widespread use of telescopes in astronomy, and thus only applies to stars visible with the naked eye.eye. These were developed by John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal of England/Great Britain ([[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfStuart 1675]]-[[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfHanover 1719]]), albeit with a complicated history that would probably make for an amusing play (involving Sirs UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton and Edmund Halley pilfering Flamsteed's catalogue and publishing it without permission, only for Flamsteed's wife to publish the list after his death without numbers, and then having a Frenchman restore the numbers in modern form sixty years later). Flamsteed designations [[strike:seem to be arbitrary]] were originally supposed to have the number increase from west to east, but precession and proper motion have changed the position of some stars relative to celestial longitude since the time the designations were made. Some of them weren't stars at all; for example, what Flamsteed included in chart as "34 Tauri" turned out to be the planet Uranus - as a sidenote, this error left that designation available [[{{Series/Firefly}} for the star at the heart of a certain 'Verse...]]
2nd Oct '15 8:18:16 PM karstovich2
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Traditional or "proper" names: Most ancient cultures had names for the brighter stars, but generally the ones assigned by [[OlderThanFeudalism the ancient Greeks]] (Arcturus, Sirius, Procyon, etc.) and [[OlderThanPrint medieval Arabs]] (Betelgeuse, Altair, Deneb, Rigel, etc.) are the ones you'll find on star charts today. Many of these star names start with "Al", because "al" is the Arabic word for "the." Others have received proper names more recently - Alpha Pavonis was named "Peacock" by the Royal Air Force because it didn't have a well known one yet, and it was needed on maps as a navigation star for pilots operating in the Southern Hemisphere.

to:

* Traditional or "proper" names: Most ancient cultures had names for the brighter stars, but generally the ones assigned by [[OlderThanFeudalism the ancient Greeks]] (Arcturus, Sirius, Procyon, etc.) and [[OlderThanPrint medieval Arabs]] (Betelgeuse, Altair, Deneb, Rigel, etc.) are the ones you'll find on star charts today. Many of these star names start with "Al", because "al" is the Arabic word for "the." "the" and Arabic astronomical names tend toward "The Something" because of the way the UsefulNotes/ArabicLanguage works. Others have received proper names more recently - Alpha Pavonis was named "Peacock" by the Royal Air Force because it didn't have a well known one yet, and it was needed on maps as a navigation star for pilots operating in the Southern Hemisphere.
5th Sep '15 12:54:28 AM HeraldAlberich
Is there an issue? Send a Message


For specific examples, see the Useful Notes pages on:

to:

For specific examples, see the Useful Notes UsefulNotes pages on:
5th Sep '15 12:54:16 AM HeraldAlberich
Is there an issue? Send a Message


! Magnitude- Apparent and Absolute

to:

! Magnitude- Apparent Magnitude--Apparent and Absolute
23rd Mar '15 2:52:38 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The Flamsteed designation: A number followed by the genitive constellation name, such as "51 Pegasi" or "40 Eridani." As with the Bayer designations, this naming scheme pre-dates the use of telescopes in astronomy, and thus only applies to stars visible with the naked eye. Flamsteed designations [[strike:seem to be arbitrary]] were originally supposed to have the number increase from west to east, but precession and proper motion have changed the position of some stars relative to celestial longitude since the time the designations were made. Some of them weren't stars at all; for example, what Flamsteed included in chart as "34 Tauri" turned out to be the planet Uranus - as a sidenote, this error left that designation available [[{{Firefly}} for the star at the heart of a certain 'Verse...]]

to:

* The Flamsteed designation: A number followed by the genitive constellation name, such as "51 Pegasi" or "40 Eridani." As with the Bayer designations, this naming scheme pre-dates the use of telescopes in astronomy, and thus only applies to stars visible with the naked eye. Flamsteed designations [[strike:seem to be arbitrary]] were originally supposed to have the number increase from west to east, but precession and proper motion have changed the position of some stars relative to celestial longitude since the time the designations were made. Some of them weren't stars at all; for example, what Flamsteed included in chart as "34 Tauri" turned out to be the planet Uranus - as a sidenote, this error left that designation available [[{{Firefly}} [[{{Series/Firefly}} for the star at the heart of a certain 'Verse...]]
18th Feb '15 8:31:55 PM allium
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Traditional or "proper" names: Most ancient cultures had names for the brighter stars, but generally the ones created by [[OlderThanFeudalism the ancient Greeks]] (Arcturus, Sirius, Procyon, etc.) and [[medieval Arabs]] (Betelgeuse, Altair, Deneb and Rigel) are the ones you'll find on star charts today. Many of these star names start with "Al", because "al" is the Arabic word for "the." Others have received proper names more recently - Alpha Pavonis was named "Peacock" by the Royal Air Force because it didn't have a well known one yet, and it was needed on maps as a navigation star for pilots operating in the Southern Hemisphere.

to:

* Traditional or "proper" names: Most ancient cultures had names for the brighter stars, but generally the ones created assigned by [[OlderThanFeudalism the ancient Greeks]] (Arcturus, Sirius, Procyon, etc.) and [[medieval [[OlderThanPrint medieval Arabs]] (Betelgeuse, Altair, Deneb and Rigel) Deneb, Rigel, etc.) are the ones you'll find on star charts today. Many of these star names start with "Al", because "al" is the Arabic word for "the." Others have received proper names more recently - Alpha Pavonis was named "Peacock" by the Royal Air Force because it didn't have a well known one yet, and it was needed on maps as a navigation star for pilots operating in the Southern Hemisphere.
18th Feb '15 8:30:50 PM allium
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Traditional or "proper" names: [[OlderThanFeudalism The Greeks]] (Arcturus, Sirius) and [[OlderThanPrint Arabs]] (Betelgeuse, Altair, Deneb and Rigel) named a large batch of them back in the day. Many of these star names start with "Al", because "al" is the Arabic word for "the." Others have received proper names more recently - Alpha Pavonis was named "Peacock" by the Royal Air Force because it didn't have a well known one yet, and it was needed on maps as a navigation star for pilots operating in the Southern Hemisphere.

to:

* Traditional or "proper" names: Most ancient cultures had names for the brighter stars, but generally the ones created by [[OlderThanFeudalism The the ancient Greeks]] (Arcturus, Sirius) Sirius, Procyon, etc.) and [[OlderThanPrint [[medieval Arabs]] (Betelgeuse, Altair, Deneb and Rigel) named a large batch of them back in are the day.ones you'll find on star charts today. Many of these star names start with "Al", because "al" is the Arabic word for "the." Others have received proper names more recently - Alpha Pavonis was named "Peacock" by the Royal Air Force because it didn't have a well known one yet, and it was needed on maps as a navigation star for pilots operating in the Southern Hemisphere.
18th Feb '15 8:28:08 PM allium
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Traditional names: [[OlderThanFeudalism The Greeks]] (Arcturus, Sirius) and [[OlderThanPrint Arabs]] (Betelgeuse, Altair, Deneb and Rigel) named a large batch of them back in the day. Many of these star names start with "Al", because "al" is the Arabic word for "the." Others have been named more recently - Alpha Pavonis was named "Peacock" by the Royal Air Force because it didn't have a well known one yet, and it was needed on maps as a navigation star for pilots operating in the Southern Hemisphere.

to:

* Traditional or "proper" names: [[OlderThanFeudalism The Greeks]] (Arcturus, Sirius) and [[OlderThanPrint Arabs]] (Betelgeuse, Altair, Deneb and Rigel) named a large batch of them back in the day. Many of these star names start with "Al", because "al" is the Arabic word for "the." Others have been named received proper names more recently - Alpha Pavonis was named "Peacock" by the Royal Air Force because it didn't have a well known one yet, and it was needed on maps as a navigation star for pilots operating in the Southern Hemisphere.




to:

* Single stars can also be named after the individual who discovered them - usually they have some notable property. Examples include Barnard's Star (which has the highest proper motion of any star) and Herschel's Garnet Star (also known as Mu Cephei, it possesses a vivid red hue).
This list shows the last 10 events of 48. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=UsefulNotes.Stars