Star Names


LEO (Leo, LEONIS): the lion
ALPHALeoRegulus or Cor Leonis"prince" or "heart of the lion"
BETALeoDenebola"tail of the lion"
GAMMALeoAl Gieba"forehead"
DELTALeoZozma"enzonement" or "loincloth"
EPSILONLeoRas Elased"head of the lion"
ZETALeoAdhafera"curl" (of hair)
THETALeoChort or Coxa or Certan"rib"
IOTALeoTsze Tseang"second general"
LAMBDALeoAlterf"glance"
MULeoRasalas"head of the lion"

LEO MINOR (LMi, LEONIS MINORIS): the lesser lion
46LmiPraecipula"principal star"

LEPUS (Lep, LEPORIS): the hare
ALPHALepArneb"hare"
BETALepNihal"the camels"

LIBRA (Lib, LIBRAE): the scales (weighing)
ALPHALibZuben El Genubi"southern claw" (of the scorpion)
BETALibZuben Eschamali"northern claw" (of the scorpion)
DELTALibMulu-lizi"man of fire"
ETALibZubenhakrabi or Zubanalakrab"scorpion's claw"

LUPUS (Lup, LUPI): the wolf
AlphaLibMen?

LYNX (Lyn, LYNX): the lynx

LYRA (Lyr, LYRAE): the lyre
ALPHALyrVega"the swooping" (eagle)
BETALyrSheliak or Shelyak"tortoise" (lyre made from shell)
GAMMALyrSulafat"tortoise"
ETALyrAladfar?
MULyrAl Athfar?

MENSA (Men, MENSAE): the Table (mountain)

MICROSCOPIUM (Mic, MICROSCOPII): the microscope

MONOCEROS (Mon, MONOCEROTIS): the unicorn

MUSCA (Mus, MUSCAE): the fly

NORMA (Nor, NORMAE): the carpenter's level

OCTANS (Oct, OCTANTIS): the octant

OPHIUCHUS (Oph, OPHIUCHI): the snake holder
ALPHAOphRas Alhague"head of the snake"
BETAOphCheleb or Celbalrai"dog of the shepherd"
DELTAOphYed Prior"hand" (before; western)
EPSILONOphYed Posterior"hand" (after; eastern)
ETAOphSabik"the preceding"
LAMBDAOphMarfik"elbow"

ORION (Ori, ORIONIS): the hunter
ALPHAOriBetelgeuse"armpit" (east)
BETAOriRigel"foot" (west)
GAMMAOriBellatrix"warrioress" (west shoulder)
DELTAOriMintaka"belt" (west end)
EPSILONOriAlnilam"arrangement" (of pearls; middle of belt)
ZETAOriAlnitak"belt" (east end)
IOTAOriNa'ir al Saif"bright one of the sword" (tip)
KAPPAOriSaiph"sword" (hilt)
LAMBDAOriHeka or Meissa"white spot" or "shining" (Orion's head)
UPSILONOriThabit"endurer"

PAVO (Pav, PAVONIS): the peacock
ALPHAPavThe peacock star"The peacock star"

PEGASUS (Peg, PEGASI): the winged horse
ALPHAPegMarkab or Marchab"the thing for riding on"
BETAPegScheat"leg"
GAMMAPegAlgenib"flank"
EPSILONPegEnif"nose"
ZETAPegHomam"the high-minded man"
ETAPegMatar"rain"
THETAPegBaham"livestock"
MUPegSadalbari"lucky star of the excellent one"

PERSEUS (Per, PERSEI): the rescuer of Andromeda
ALPHAPerMirfak or Marfak"elbow"
BETAPerAlgol"the ghoul"
XIPerMenkib"shoulder"
OMICRONPerAtik"shoulder" (of the Pleiades)

PHOENIX (Phe, PHOENICIS): the phoenix
ALPHAPheAnkaa?

PICTOR (Pic, PICTORIS): the painter (originally his easel)

PISCES (Psc, PISCIUM): the fish
ALPHAPscAl Rescha or Rischa"ropes"
BETAPscFum al Samakah"the fish's mouth"

PISCIS AUSTRINUS (PsA, PISCIS AUSTRINI): the southern fish
ALPHAPsAFomalhaut"mouth of the fish"

PUPPIS (Pup, PUPPIS): the poop deck of the Argo
ZETAPupNaos"ship"
XIPupAsmidiske?

PYXIS (Pyx, PYXIDIS): the box, or compass, of the Argo

RETICULUM (Ret, RETICULI): the net (optical instrument)

SAGITTA (Sge, SAGITTAE): the arrow

SAGITTARIUS (Sgr, SAGITTARII): the archer
ALPHASgrRukbat"knee"
BETASgrArkab"hamstring"
GAMMASgr(El) Nasl"arrowhead"
DELTASgr(Kaus) Media or Kaus Meridianalis"bow" (middle)
EPSILONSgrKaus Australis"bow" (southern)
ZETASgrAscella"armpit"
LAMBDASgrKaus Borealis"bow" (northern)
SIGMASgrNunki"of Enki", Sumerian god of waters & of most ancient city of Eridu

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Steven Gibson