Star Names That Start With K

There are currently 12 stars in the catalog of the International Astronomical Union whose names begin with the letter k.

The most prominent ones are Kang, Khambalia, and the three Kaus stars which are part of the zodiac constellations Virgo and Sagittarius.

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
KaffaljidhmaCetusγ Ceti AHR 8042017-02-01
KangVirgoκ VirginisHR 53152017-06-30
Kaus AustralisSagittariusε Sagittarii AHR 68792016-07-20
Kaus BorealisSagittariusλ SagittariiHR 69132016-07-20
Kaus MediaSagittariusδ SagittariiHR 68592016-07-20
KeidEridanusο2 Eridani AHR 13252016-09-12
KhambaliaVirgoλ Virginis AHR 53592017-09-05
KitalphaEquuleusα Equulei AHR 81312016-08-21
KochabUrsa Minorβ Ursae MinorisHR 55632016-07-20
KornephorosHerculesβ Herculis AaHR 61482016-08-21
KrazCorvusβ CorviHR 47862018-06-01
KurhahCepheusξ Cephei AaHR 84172016-09-12

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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