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Stars are not named after people

Stars are not named after people

  • It's very uncommon to name a celestial body after people. Only prominent scientists who have passed away are given that honour.
  • Stars in named constellations and visible to the naked eye are given a letter of the Greek alphabet according to their position in the constellation. The brightest star in Cygnus is Alpha Cygni; the next is Beta Cygni, etc. 
  • With the reported 2 trillion galaxies, the IAU has settled on giving every star a number.

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