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‘Loopy’ Names

14 Apr 2018, 05:00 UTC
‘Loopy’ Names
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Many stars have beautiful, even romantic names, such as Antares and Aldebaran, Vega and Altair. But some stars have names that aren’t romantic at all. Instead, they’re downright funny. Two examples shine faintly in the southern constellation Lupus, the wolf.

Many star names incorporate the genitive case of their constellation. That’s why the brightest star in Centaurus is not Alpha Centaurus, but instead Alpha Centauri.

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