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Cerberus Mons Maenalus Triangulum Minus. Categories : Former constellations. Hidden categories: All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from October Commons category link is on Wikidata Articles with Italian-language external links Articles with French-language external links. Namespaces Article Talk.
Aratus . Cerberus guardian dog of Hades. Charles 's Heart. Charles Scarborough [ citation needed ]. Delta obsolete name for Triangulum Boreale. Petrus Apianus .
Frederici Honores. Frederick 's Honors. Johann Elert Bode . Crossed Swords of the Electorate of Saxony. Log line renamed to Linea Nautica in by Eliza A.
Bowen . Johann Elert Bode . Fleur de Lys renamed Musca Borealis. Johann Elert Bode . Johannes Hevelius . Nubecula Major and Nubecula Minor [ citation needed ]. Johann Elert Bode . Flamingo an obsolete name for Grus. Southern Fish obsolete name for Piscis Austrinus. Leopold 's orb. Parapet obsolete for Pictor. George 's Psaltery renamed to Harp Georgii by Lalande. Maximilian Hell . Rhombus obsolete name for Reticulum Rhomboidalis. Carel Allard.
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Johannes Hevelius . Edmund Halley . Rhinoceros Beetle. Sceptrum Brandenburgicum. Gottfried Kirch . Sceptrum et Manus Iustitiae. Flying Squirrel now part of Camelopardalis. William Croswell . Urania 's Sextant obsolete name for Sextans. Thus, Cetus means just a sea monster, whale, or large fish, but it's very likely that the constellation's inventor was thinking of the particular monster that tried to eat Andromeda. And Gemini is the common Latin word for "twins" but also the special epithet of the mythological twins Castor and Pollux.
Some sky atlas guides will use one variation of a constellations name while others may use another so be keep this in mind when using this reference guide. Pronouncing Astronomical Names was the report of a committee of the American Astronomical Society AAS charged with standardizing the pronunciation of constellations and stars. Krupp, May , page In fact, the AAS report is deeply flawed. It was inspired by the IAU's standardization of constellation definitions, but that was a very different situation.
The IAU reforms were successful because they addressed an urgent need. Newly discovered variable stars are named after the constellation that contains them, and this only works if everyone agrees on the constellation boundaries.
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There's no comparable reason to standardize pronunciation. Experienced astronomers, both professional and amateur, pronounce constellation names in many different ways but have no trouble understanding each other. Moreover, the pronunciations chosen for the AAS report were somewhat arbitrary. There are several well-defined systems for pronouncing Latin , and the AAS pronunciations don't conform with any of them. What's worse, the AAS report clashes with common usage in several important cases. Nonetheless, having told people for generations that they can't go wrong with the AAS pronunciations, we've made sure that they're all included in the table above, though not necessarily as the first choice.
The American Heritage Dictionary AHD lists all but two of the constellations, with one or more pronunciations specified for each. It's much more faithful to actual American usage than the AAS report.
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We've included all of the AHD pronunciations of constellation names except for a few minor variants. Michael Covington is a professional linguist with a solid grounding in Greek and Latin. He has also written several books on amateur astronomy. Celestial Objects for Modern Telescopes specifies constellation pronunciations, most of them based on the English system, as explained on Covington's website Latin Pronunciation Demystified.
Covington's pronunciations have served as a cross-check on the other authorities. Finally, it must be emphasized that these are suggestions, not rules.
Nobody has the right to complain if you use one of the pronunciations listed here, but there are many equally legitimate ways to pronounce constellation names. For instance, many people rhyme all genitives ending in "i" and "ae" with "be" and "by," respectively. This is exactly backward from what's specified in the constellation names table above, but it's how these endings were pronounced in classical antiquity — and how they still are pronounced by many choral groups and by almost everyone outside the English-speaking world.
The bottom line is that if you're happy with the way you say something, and other people understand you, then there's no reason to change. You must be logged in to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.