The Flamsteed Naming System

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The Flamsteed Naming System The Bayer system is a little more systematic than a set of common names, but there are only a finite number of letters in the Greek alphabet, so it cannot be used easily to name very many stars. The Flamsteed naming system can in principle be used to name any number of stars. In this system one uses the same Latin possessive of the constellation name as in the Bayer system, but the stars are distinguished, not by their brightness, but by their nearness to the western edge of the constellation by assigning an arabic numeral. Thus, the closest star to the western edge of the constellation Cygnus is called 1-Cygni in the Flamsteed system and 61-Cygni denotes the star that is the 61st closest to the western edge. Star Catalogs There are various specialized star catalogs in which stars may be given names according to some convention. Such specialized catalogs are of importance in astronomical research, but we won't discuss them further in our introductory course. Star Maps
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