Named Stars Index - The Night Sky Atlas

The Night Sky Atlas logo image

Star Name Bayer
Designation
Description Offsite Links
Andromeda:  Visible in July before dawn, to March after dusk, best in November.
Adhil ξ Xi (train of a garment)  
Almach γ2 Gamma 2 ´earthkid´ (Arabian weasel-like mammal) Jim Kaler Notes
Alpheratz or Sirrah also delta Peg α Alpha ´the horse´ or ´navel´  
Mirach β Beta ´the loins´ Jim Kaler Notes
Aquarius:  Visible in March before dawn, to November after dusk, best in July.
Al Bali ε Epsilon ´the swallower´  
Ancha θ Theta ´hip-bone´  
Sadachbia γ Gamma ´lucky star of the tents´ Jim Kaler Notes
Sadal Melik α Alpha ´lucky star of the king´  
Sadal Suud β Beta ´luck of lucks´  
Situla χ Chi ´water jar´ Jim Kaler Notes
Skat or Scheat or Seat δ Delta ´shin´ (lower leg)  
Aquila:  Visible in March before dawn, to November after dusk, best in July.
Al Thalimain Iota ι Iota ´the two ostriches´ (with Iota)  
Al Thalimain Lambda λ Lambda ´the two ostriches´ (with Lambda)  
Alshain β Beta ´falcon´ Jim Kaler Notes
Altair α Alpha ´flying one´ Jim Kaler Notes
Tarazed γ Gamma ´plundering falcon´ Jim Kaler Notes
Ara:  Visible in February before dawn, to October after dusk, best in June.
Choo or Tchou α Alpha ´staff/club´; ´pestle´ (Chinese)  
Aries:  Visible in August before dawn, to April after dusk, best in December.
Botein δ Delta ´little belly´  
Hamal α Alpha ´ram´ Jim Kaler Notes
Mesarthim γ2 Gamma 2 ´servants´ Jim Kaler Notes
Sheratan β Beta ´the two signs´ (Pisces & Aries) Jim Kaler Notes
Auriga:  Visible in August before dawn, to April after dusk, best in December.
Capella α Alpha ´she-goat´ Jim Kaler Notes
Kabdhilinan ι Iota ´anklebone of the rein-holder´  
Maaz ε Epsilon ´he-goat´  
Menkalinan β Beta ´shoulder of him of the reins´ (Charioteer) Jim Kaler Notes
Prijipati δ Delta ´Lord of Creation´ (Sanskrit/Pali) Jim Kaler Notes
Sadatoni ζ Zeta ´two young goats (kids)´  
Bootes:  Visible in January before dawn, to September after dusk, best in May.
Alkalurops μ2 Mu 2 ´shepherd's crook´ Jim Kaler Notes
Arcturus α Alpha ´bear-guard´ Jim Kaler Notes
Mirak, Izar, or Pulcherrima ε Epsilon ´loins´ or ´loincloth´  
Muphrid η Eta ´isolated, single one (of the lance-bearer)´ Jim Kaler Notes
Nekkar or Nakkar β Beta ´cattleman´  
Seginus γ Gamma from Theguius; medieval Latin translit. of Arabic tlt. of Greek ´Bootes´ Jim Kaler Notes
Cancer:  Visible in September before dawn, to May after dusk, best in January.
Acubens α Alpha ´claw´ Jim Kaler Notes
Asellus Australis δ Delta ´southern donkey´  
Asellus Borealis γ Gamma ´northern donkey´  
Tarf β Beta ´glance´ or ´eye´  
Tegmine ζ2 Zeta 2 ´cover´  
Canes Venatici:  Visible in November before dawn, to July after dusk, best in March.
Chara β Beta ´joy´ Jim Kaler Notes
Cor Caroli α2 Alpha 2 ´heart of Charles´ (II of England)  
Canis Major:  Visible in August before dawn, to April after dusk, best in December.
Adhara ε Epsilon ´maidens´ Jim Kaler Notes
Aludra η Eta ´maidenhood´ Jim Kaler Notes
Furud ζ Zeta ´solitary ones´ Jim Kaler Notes
Mirzam β Beta ?? (no known translation) Jim Kaler Notes
Muliphein γ Gamma ´the two causing dispute and the swearing of an oath´ Jim Kaler Notes
Sirius α Alpha ´scorching´ Jim Kaler Notes
Wezen δ Delta ´weight´ Jim Kaler Notes
Canis Minor:  Visible in September before dawn, to May after dusk, best in January.
Gomeisa β Beta ´the bleary eyed´ Jim Kaler Notes
Procyon α Alpha ´before the dog´ Jim Kaler Notes
Capricornus:  Visible in March before dawn, to November after dusk, best in July.
Al Giedi α2 Alpha 2 ´goat´  
Dabih β Beta ´slaughterer´ Jim Kaler Notes
Deneb Algiedi δ Delta ´tail of the goat´  
Nashira γ Gamma ´she who brings good news´ Jim Kaler Notes
Carina:  Visible in September before dawn, to May after dusk, best in January.
Avior ε Epsilon ?? (modern) Jim Kaler Notes
Canopus α Alpha (Menelaus's helmsman; also Egyptian seaport) Jim Kaler Notes
Miaplacidus β Beta ´placid waters´ Jim Kaler Notes
Scutulum or Aspidiske ι Iota ´little shield´  
Cassiopeia:  Visible in June before dawn, to February after dusk, best in October.
Achird η Eta ?? Jim Kaler Notes
Caph β Beta ´palm´ (reaching from the Pleiades) Jim Kaler Notes
Ruchbah or Rukbah δ Delta ´knee´  
Schedar or Shedir α Alpha ´breast´  
Segin or Navi ε Epsilon ?? ; ´Ivan´ backwards [Gus Grissom, Apollo 1]  
Tsih or Cih γ Gamma ´whip´? (Chinese)  
Centaurus:  Visible in December before dawn, to August after dusk, best in April.
Hadar or Agena β Beta (no known translation) ; from A=alpha (wrong) and genu=´knee´  
Ke Kwan κ Kappa (cavalry officer)  
Menkent θ Theta ´shoulder of the centaur´ Jim Kaler Notes
Muhlifain γ Gamma (similar to Gamma CMa) Jim Kaler Notes
Rigel Kentaurus or Rigilkent α2 Alpha 2 ´foot of the centaur´  
Cepheus:  Visible in April before dawn, to December after dusk, best in August.
Alderamin α Alpha ´right forearm´ Jim Kaler Notes
Alfirk β Beta ´flock´ Jim Kaler Notes
Er Rai γ Gamma ´shepherd´  
Kurhah ξ Xi ´blaze´ (horse's brow) Jim Kaler Notes
The Garnet Star μ Mu ´The Garnet Star´ Jim Kaler Notes
Cetus:  Visible in July before dawn, to March after dusk, best in November.
Baten Kaitos ζ Zeta ´belly of Cetus´  
Diphda or Deneb Kaitos β Beta ´frog´ or ´tail of Cetus´  
Kaffaljidhmah γ Gamma ´cut-short hand´ (reaching from the Pleiades) Jim Kaler Notes
Menkar or Menkab α Alpha ´nostril´  
Mira ο Omicron ´wonderful´ Jim Kaler Notes
Schemali ι Iota ´northern´ (branch of the tail)  
Columba:  Visible in August before dawn, to April after dusk, best in December.
Phact of Phaet α Alpha ´dove´ Jim Kaler Notes
Tsze λ Lambda ´son´  
Wezn or Wazn β Beta ´weight´  
Corona Borealis:  Visible in January before dawn, to September after dusk, best in May.
Gemma or Alphecca α Alpha ´gem´ or ´the broken´ (ring of stars)  
Nusakan β Beta ´the two series´ Jim Kaler Notes
Corvus:  Visible in November before dawn, to July after dusk, best in March.
Alchibah α Alpha ´tent´ Jim Kaler Notes
Algorab δ Delta ´raven´ Jim Kaler Notes
Kraz; also Tso Hea β Beta ?? ; ´left-handed lynch-pin´ (from Chinese carriage constellation)  
Minkar ε Epsilon ´beak´ Jim Kaler Notes
Crater:  Visible in October before dawn, to June after dusk, best in February.
Alkes α Alpha ´cup´ Jim Kaler Notes
Crux:  Visible in November before dawn, to July after dusk, best in March.
Acrux α2 Alpha 2 ´alpha of Crux´ Jim Kaler Notes
Gacrux γ Gamma ´gamma of Crux´ Jim Kaler Notes
Mimosa β Beta ´mime´? or ´mimosas´? (plant) Jim Kaler Notes
Cygnus:  Visible in March before dawn, to November after dusk, best in July.
Albireo β2 Beta 2 (from Ireus, a fragrant flower) Jim Kaler Notes
Deneb α Alpha ´tail of the hen´ Jim Kaler Notes
Gienah ε Epsilon ´wing´ Jim Kaler Notes
Ruchba ω2 Omega 2 ´hen's knee´  
Sadr γ Gamma ´breast´ Jim Kaler Notes
Delphinus:  Visible in March before dawn, to November after dusk, best in July.
Deneb or Al Dhanab al Dulfim ε Epsilon ´tail´ or ´tail of the dolphin´  
Rotanev β Beta ´Venator´ backwards Jim Kaler Notes
Sualocin α Alpha ´Nicolaus´ backwards Jim Kaler Notes
Draco:  Visible in March before dawn, to November after dusk, best in July.
Alsafi σ Sigma ´cooking tripod´ Jim Kaler Notes
Arrakis μ Mu ´dancer´  
Dziban ψ2 Psi 2 ´the two jackals´  
Edasich ι Iota ´hyena´ Jim Kaler Notes
Eltanin γ Gamma ´snake´ (alternate word; Arabic name for Draco) Jim Kaler Notes
Giauzar λ Lambda ´dragon´ (mythical Persian name designating nodes of lunar orbit) Jim Kaler Notes
Grumium ξ Xi ´jaw´ Jim Kaler Notes
Kaou Pih ζ Zeta ??  
Kuma ν2 Nu 2 ´as last´ Jim Kaler Notes
Nodus Secundus or Altais δ Delta ´second knot´ or ?? (misreading of same word as in Gamma Dra)  
Rastaban β Beta ´head of the snake´ Jim Kaler Notes
Thuban α Alpha ´snake´ Jim Kaler Notes
Tyl; also Kin Yu ε Epsilon ?? ; ´goldfish´  
Equuleus:  Visible in April before dawn, to December after dusk, best in August.
Kitalpha α Alpha ´part of the horse´ Jim Kaler Notes
Eridanus:  Visible in July before dawn, to March after dusk, best in November.
Acamar θ2 Theta 2 ´end of the river´ (before Achernar was added) Jim Kaler Notes
Achernar α Alpha ´end of the river´ Jim Kaler Notes
Azha η Eta ´hatching place´ Jim Kaler Notes
Cursa β Beta ´chair/footstool of Orion´ Jim Kaler Notes
Rana δ Delta ´frog´ Jim Kaler Notes
Zaurak γ Gamma ´boat´ Jim Kaler Notes
Gemini:  Visible in August before dawn, to April after dusk, best in December.
Almeisan or Alhena γ Gamma ´shining´ or ´the mark´ (on the neck of a camel)  
Castor α Alpha ´beaver´ Jim Kaler Notes
Mebsuta ε Epsilon ´outstretched´ (paw) Jim Kaler Notes
Mekbuda ζ Zeta ´pulled in´ (paw) Jim Kaler Notes
Pollux β Beta ´much wine´ Jim Kaler Notes
Propus Tejat prior η Eta ´forward foot´  
Tejat Tejat posterior μ Mu ?? (no translation)  
Wasat δ Delta ´middle of the sky´ Jim Kaler Notes
Grus:  Visible in April before dawn, to December after dusk, best in August.
Al Dhanab γ Gamma ´tail´  
Al Na'ir α Alpha ´the bright´  
Hercules:  Visible in January before dawn, to September after dusk, best in May.
Cujam ω Omega ´club´  
Kornephoros β Beta ´club-bearer´ Jim Kaler Notes
Maasim κ Kappa ´wrist´  
Marfik ξ Xi ´elbow´ Jim Kaler Notes
Ras Algethi α2 Alpha 2 ´head of the kneeling one´  
Sarin δ Delta ?? Jim Kaler Notes
Hydra:  Visible in October before dawn, to June after dusk, best in February.
Alphard or Cor Hydrae α Alpha ´the solitary´ or ´heart of the hydra´  
Minhar al Shuja σ Sigma ´the snake's nose´  
Ukdah τ2 Tau 2 ´the knot´  
Indus:  Visible in March before dawn, to November after dusk, best in July.
Al nair α Alpha ´bright´  
Leo:  Visible in October before dawn, to June after dusk, best in February.
Adhafera ζ Zeta ´curl´ (of hair) Jim Kaler Notes
Al Gieba γ2 Gamma 2 ´forehead´  
Alterf λ Lambda ´glance´  
Coxa or Chort or Chertan θ Theta ´hip´ or ´small rib´ or ´two small ribs´  
Denebola β Beta ´tail of the lion´ Jim Kaler Notes
Ras Elased ε Epsilon ´head of the lion´  
Rasalas μ Mu ´head of the lion´ Jim Kaler Notes
Regulus, Cor Leonis or Kalb α Alpha ´prince´, ´heart of the lion´  
Tsze Tseang ι Iota ´second general´  
Zozma δ Delta ´enzonement´ or ´loincloth´  
Lepus:  Visible in August before dawn, to April after dusk, best in December.
Arneb α Alpha ´hare´ Jim Kaler Notes
Nihal β Beta ´camels quenching their thirst´ Jim Kaler Notes
Libra:  Visible in January before dawn, to September after dusk, best in May.
Mulu-lizi δ Delta ´man of fire´  
Zuben El Genubi α2 Alpha 2 ´southern claw´ (of the scorpion)  
Zuben Eschamali β Beta ´northern claw´ (of the scorpion)  
Zubenhakrabi or Zubanalakrab η Eta ´scorpion's claw´  
Lupus:  Visible in December before dawn, to August after dusk, best in April.
Men α Alpha ??  
Lyra:  Visible in February before dawn, to October after dusk, best in June.
Al Athfar μ Mu (with Eta:) ´talons´ (of the swooping eagle)  
Aladfar η Eta (with Mu:) ´talons´ (of the swooping eagle) Jim Kaler Notes
Sheliak or Shelyak β Beta ´harp´ (from Greek Sambyke, a kind of harp)  
Sulafat γ Gamma ´tortoise´ Jim Kaler Notes
Vega α Alpha ´the swooping´ (eagle) Jim Kaler Notes
Ophiucus:  Visible in February before dawn, to October after dusk, best in June.
Cheleb or Celbalrai β Beta ´dog of the shepherd´  
Ras Alhague α Alpha ´head of the snake´  
Sabik η Eta ´the preceding´ Jim Kaler Notes
Yed Posterior ε Epsilon ´hand´ (after; eastern)  
Yed Prior δ Delta ´hand´ (before; western)  
Orion:  Visible in August before dawn, to April after dusk, best in December.
Alnilam ε Epsilon ´arrangement´ (of pearls; middle of belt) Jim Kaler Notes
Alnitak ζ Zeta ´belt´ (east end) Jim Kaler Notes
Bellatrix γ Gamma ´warrioress´ (west shoulder) Jim Kaler Notes
Betelgeuse α Alpha ´hand of Al-Jazwa´  
Heka or Meissa λ Lambda ´white spot´ or ´shining´ (Orion's head)  
Mintaka δ Delta ´belt´ (west end) Jim Kaler Notes
Na'ir al Saif ι Iota ´bright one of the sword´ (tip)  
Rigel β Beta ´foot´ (west) Jim Kaler Notes
Saiph κ Kappa ´sword´ (hilt) Jim Kaler Notes
Thabit υ Upsilon ´fixed star´ (sometimes given to Pi3 Ori or Tau Ori)  
Pavo:  Visible in March before dawn, to November after dusk, best in July.
The peacock star α Alpha ´The peacock star´ Jim Kaler Notes
Pegasus:  Visible in June before dawn, to February after dusk, best in October.
Algenib γ Gamma ´flank´ Jim Kaler Notes
Baham θ Theta ´livestock´  
Enif ε Epsilon ´nose´ Jim Kaler Notes
Homam ζ Zeta ´the high-minded man´ Jim Kaler Notes
Markab or Marchab α Alpha ´shoulder´ (from Mankib)  
Matar η Eta ´rain´ Jim Kaler Notes
Sadalbari μ Mu ´lucky star of the excellent one´  
Scheat β Beta ´leg´ Jim Kaler Notes
Perseus:  Visible in August before dawn, to April after dusk, best in December.
Algol β Beta ´the ghoul´ Jim Kaler Notes
Atik ο Omicron ´shoulder´ (of the Pleiades) Jim Kaler Notes
Menkib ξ Xi ´shoulder´ Jim Kaler Notes
Mirfak or Marfak α Alpha ´elbow´  
Phoenix:  Visible in June before dawn, to February after dusk, best in October.
Ankaa α Alpha (a fabulous bird in Arab myth) Jim Kaler Notes
Pisces:  Visible in July before dawn, to March after dusk, best in November.
Al Rescha or Rischa α Alpha ´rope´  
Fum al Samakah β Beta ´the fish's mouth´  
Pisces Austrinus:  Visible in April before dawn, to December after dusk, best in August.
Fomalhaut α Alpha ´mouth of the fish´ Jim Kaler Notes
Puppis:  Visible in September before dawn, to May after dusk, best in January.
Asmidiske ξ Xi ´little shield´ Jim Kaler Notes
Naos ζ Zeta ´ship´ Jim Kaler Notes
Sagittarius:  Visible in March before dawn, to November after dusk, best in July.
Arkab β2 Beta 2 ´hamstring´  
Ascella ζ Zeta ´armpit´ Jim Kaler Notes
El Nasl γ2 Gamma 2 ´arrowhead´  
Kaus Australis ε Epsilon ´bow´ (southern)  
Kaus Borealis λ Lambda ´bow´ (northern)  
Kaus Media δ Delta ´bow´ (middle)  
Nunki σ Sigma ´of Enki´ (Sumerian god of waters & of most ancient city of Eridu) Jim Kaler Notes
Rukbat α Alpha ´knee´ Jim Kaler Notes
Scorpius:  Visible in January before dawn, to September after dusk, best in May.
Al Niyat σ Sigma ´the arteries´  
Antares α Alpha ´anti-Ares´, rival of Mars Jim Kaler Notes
Dschubba δ Delta ´forehead´ Jim Kaler Notes
Graffias or Acrab β2 Beta 2 ´claws´ (Latin) or ´scorpion´ (Arabic)  
Jabbah ν Nu ´forehead´ Jim Kaler Notes
Jabhat al Akrab ω2 Omega 2 ´scorpion's forehead´  
Lesath or Lesuth υ Upsilon ´sting´ or ´bite´ (of a poisonous animal)  
Sargas θ Theta ´seizer/smiter´ (Babylonian title; name of a weapon of the God of War)  
Shaula λ Lambda ´raised tail´ Jim Kaler Notes
Serpens:  Visible in February before dawn, to October after dusk, best in June.
Alya θ2 Theta 2 ´the fatty tail´ (of a breed of Oriental sheep) Jim Kaler Notes
Chow β Beta ´imperial dynasty´  
Unuk Al Hay or Unukalhai α Alpha ´neck of the snake´  
Taurus:  Visible in August before dawn, to April after dusk, best in December.
Ain ε Epsilon (second) ´eye of the bull´ (after Aldebaran) Jim Kaler Notes
Alcyone η Eta ´queen who wards off evil [storms]´ (one of the Pleiades) Jim Kaler Notes
Aldebaran α Alpha ´follower´ (of the Pleiades) Jim Kaler Notes
Asterope ´lightning/twinkling/sun-face/stubborn-face´ (one of the Pleiades) Jim Kaler Notes
Atlas ´he who dares/suffers´ (a Titan; father of the Pleiades) Jim Kaler Notes
Celaeno ´swarthy´ (one of the Pleiades) Jim Kaler Notes
El Nath β Beta ´the butting´ (horn)  
Electra ´amber/shining/bright´ (one of the Pleiades) Jim Kaler Notes
Maia ´grandmother/mother´, ´nurse´, ´great one´ (one of the Pleiades) Jim Kaler Notes
Merope ´eloquent´, ´bee-eater´, ´mortal´ (one of the Pleiades) Jim Kaler Notes
Pleione ´sailing queen´ (an Oceanid; mother of the Pleiades) Jim Kaler Notes
Primus Hyadum γ Gamma ´first Hyad´  
Taygeta ?? (maybe) ´long-necked´ (one of the Pleiades) Jim Kaler Notes
Triangulum:  Visible in July before dawn, to March after dusk, best in November.
Mothallah or Caput Trianguli α Alpha ´triangle´, ´head of the triangle´  
Triangulum Australe:  Visible in January before dawn, to September after dusk, best in May.
Atria α Alpha ´alpha of triangulum australe´ Jim Kaler Notes
Ursa Major:  Visible in October before dawn, to June after dusk, best in February.
Al Haud θ Theta ´the pond´ Jim Kaler Notes
Alioth ε Epsilon ´black horse/bull´ Jim Kaler Notes
Alkaid or Benetnasch η Eta ´the leader´ (of the mourning women?); ´daughters of the bier´  
Alula Australis ξ Xi ´first [leap of the gazelle], south´  
Alula Borealis ν Nu ´first [leap of the gazelle], north´  
Dubhe, Dubh, Dubb, or Alruccabah α Alpha ´bear´  
Megrez δ Delta ´insertion-point´ (of the bear's tail) Jim Kaler Notes
Merak or Mirak β Beta ´loins´  
Mizar ζ Zeta (from a corrupt reading of ´loins´; see Beta UMa) Jim Kaler Notes
Muscida ο Omicron ´muzzle´ Jim Kaler Notes
Phad or Phecda γ Gamma ´thigh´  
Talitha Australis κ Kappa ´third [leap of the gazelle], south´ Jim Kaler Notes
Talitha Borealis or Dnoces ι Iota ´third [leap of the gazelle], north´; ´Second´ backwards [Ed White II, Apollo 1]  
Tania Australis μ Mu ´second [leap of the gazelle], south´  
Tania Borealis λ Lambda ´second [leap of the gazelle], north´  
Ursa Minor:  Visible in December before dawn, to August after dusk, best in April.
Kochab or Kokab β Beta ´star´  
Pherkab γ Gamma ´calf´  
Polaris α Alpha ´pole star´ Jim Kaler Notes
Yildun δ Delta ´star´ Jim Kaler Notes
Vela:  Visible in October before dawn, to June after dusk, best in February.
Markab κ Kappa ´ship´ Jim Kaler Notes
Suhail λ Lambda ?? (no translation) Jim Kaler Notes
Suhail or Regor γ2 Gamma 2 ?? (no translation); ´Roger´ backwards [Roger Chaffee, Apollo 1]  
Tseen Ke φ Phi ´heaven's record´  
Virgo:  Visible in November before dawn, to July after dusk, best in March.
Auva δ Delta ´the barker´ Jim Kaler Notes
Heze ζ Zeta ?? Jim Kaler Notes
Porrima γ Gamma (Roman goddess of childbirth) Jim Kaler Notes
Spica or Azimech α Alpha ´ear of wheat´ (held by Virgo), ??  
Syrma ι Iota ´train´ (of a garment)  
Vindemiatrix ε Epsilon ´vine-harvestress´ Jim Kaler Notes
Zaniah η Eta ´corner´ Jim Kaler Notes
Zavijava or Alaraph β Beta ´corner of the barker´; ´grape gatherer´  

Off-site links also worth visiting:
Star Names by James B. Kaler
SEDS - Common Names for Deep Sky Objects
SEDS - Naming Stars
STARS by Jim Kaler
IAU's Naming Astronomical Objects

The night sky atlas creates images of any part of the night sky, allowing easy location of any object. Detailed chart images show all stars visible to the naked eye, the constellations, Messier objects, and names of the brightest stars. Data sources: Bright Star Catalog from the Astronomical Data Center, star names list from Steven Gibson, all-sky Milky Way image by Axel Mellinger. The data used in this product, in whole or in part, is used with permission of The NGC/IC Project LLC. Many thanks go to those who maintain and make available their astronomy datasets without which this sky atlas would not have been possible. Permission for any use of these chart images is granted, provided that the original website address remains visible on all images. Enjoy!