Previously: Because You Stared Out This Window
You’ve seen ‘em. Now you can name ‘em. To wit:
Many world cultures have their own names for thebrightest stars, and it is culturally and historically important to remember them. In the interest of clear global communication, however, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has begun to designate standardized star names. Featured above in true color are the 25 brightest stars in the night sky, currently as seen by humans, coupled with their IAU-recognized names. Some star names have interesting meanings, including Sirius (“the scorcher” in Latin), Vega (“falling” in Arabic), and Antares (“rival to Mars” in Greek). It’s also likely that other of these bright star names are not familiar to you, even though familiar Polaris is too dim to make this list.
(Image: Tragoolchitr Jittasaiyapan)
Inspired by Colin Morris’s Sankey visualisation denoting common misspellings of the name Gyllenhaal (top), The Pudding has created an interactive spelling bee for other commonly misspelled names including Alanis M-, B- Spears and Chuck P-.
Test your celebrity spelling chops here.