Star Names That Start With F

There are currently 9 stars in the catalog of the International Astronomical Union whose names begin with the letter f.

The letter ‘F’ has some really cool-sounding names like Fafnir, Fang and Fulu.

The following table lists them all. Here’s what each of the columns mean:

Name: The proper or colloquial name for the star.

Constellation: The group of stars the star belongs to.

Bayern Designation: The ordered name for the star in the Bayern catalog of stars.

Designation: The ‘scientific’ name for the star in the IAU catalog. This is the name astronomers generally use.

Approval Date: The date the proper name was officially approved for the IAU catalog. Most names have been used for a much longer time though.

NameConstellationBayern DesignationDesignationApproval Date
FafnirDraco42 Draconis AHR 69452015-12-15
FangScorpiusπ Scorpii AaHR 59442017-06-30
FawarisCygnusδ Cygni AHR 75282018-06-01
FelisHydraHD 85951HR 39232018-06-01
FomalhautPiscis Austrinusα Piscis Austrini AHR 87282015-12-15
FuluCassiopeiaζ CassiopeiaeHR 1532017-06-30
FumalsamakahPiscesβ PisciumHR 87732018-06-01
FurudCanis Majorζ Canis Majoris AaHR 22822016-07-20
FuyueScorpiusG ScorpiiHR 66302017-06-30

This list does not include some of the proposed star names that are proposed every year, but still haven’t been fully approved and made official.

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