Star Names That Start With W

There are currently just 4 stars in the catalog of the International Astronomical Union whose names begin with the letter w.

The most important star in the list in astronomical terms is Wasat, part of the Gemini constellation.

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
WasatGeminiδ Geminorum AaHR 27772016-08-21
WaznColumbaβ ColumbaeHR 20402016-07-20
WezenCanis Majorδ Canis Majoris AaHR 26932016-07-20
WurrenPhoenixζ Phoenicis AaHR 3382017-11-19

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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