Star Names That Start With G

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

The letter ‘G’ has some strange, but interesting-sounding names like Gacrux, Giasaur and Gudja.

The following table lists them all. Here’s the nomenclature for the columns to the right:

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
GacruxCruxγ CrucisHR 47632016-07-20
GiausarDracoλ DraconisHR 44342017-02-01
GienahCorvusγ Corvi AHR 46622016-11-06
GinanCruxε CrucisHR 47002017-11-19
GomeisaCanis Minorβ Canis Minoris AHR 28452016-07-20
GrumiumDracoξ Draconis AHR 66882016-09-12
GudjaSerpensκ SerpentisHR 58792018-08-10
GuniibuuOphiuchus36 Ophiuchi AHR 64022018-08-10

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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