Star Names That Start With S

There are currently 30 stars in the catalog of the International Astronomical Union whose names begin with the letter s, making it the third letter with the most proper named stars, only after A and M.

The most recognizable star on the list is Sirius, also known as the dog star. Sirius is the brightest star on the firmament

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
SabikOphiuchusη Ophiuchi AHR 63782016-08-21
SaclateniAurigaζ Aurigae AHR 16122017-06-30
SadachbiaAquariusγ Aquarii AaHR 85182016-08-21
SadalbariPegasusμ PegasiHR 86842016-08-21
SadalmelikAquariusα Aquarii AHR 84142016-08-21
SadalsuudAquariusβ Aquarii AHR 82322016-08-21
SadrCygnusγ Cygni AHR 77962016-08-21
SaiphOrionκ OrionisHR 20042016-07-20
SalmPegasusτ PegasiHR 88802017-09-05
SargasScorpiusθ Scorpii AHR 65532016-08-21
SarinHerculesδ Herculis AaHR 64102016-09-12
SceptrumEridanus53 Eridani AHR 14812017-06-30
ScheatPegasusβ PegasiHR 87752016-06-30
SchedarCassiopeiaα CassiopeiaeHR 1682016-08-21
Secunda HyadumTaurusδ Tauri AaHR 13732017-09-05
SeginCassiopeiaε CassiopeiaeHR 05422017-09-05
SeginusBoötesγ Boötis AaHR 54352016-08-21
ShamSagittaα SagittaeHR 74792016-09-12
ShaulaScorpiusλ Scorpii AaHR 65272016-07-20
SheliakLyraβ Lyrae Aa1HR 71062016-08-21
SheratanAriesβ Arietis AHR 5532016-07-20
SiriusCanis Majorα Canis Majoris AHR 24912016-06-30
SitulaAquariusκ Aquarii AHR 86102016-09-12
SkatAquariusδ Aquarii AHR 87092016-08-21
SpicaVirgoα Virginis AaHR 50562016-06-30
SualocinDelphinusα Delphini AaHR 79062016-09-12
SubraLeoο Leonis AaHR 38522016-09-12
SuhailVelaλ VelorumHR 36342016-08-21
SulafatLyraγ LyraeHR 71782016-08-21
SyrmaVirgoι VirginisHR 53382016-09-12

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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