Star Names That Start With Z

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

The most important stars on the list in astronomical terms are Zaniah, and Zosma, which are part of the Virgo, and Leo constellations respectively.

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
ZaniahVirgoη Virginis AaHR 46892016-09-12
ZaurakEridanusγ EridaniHR 12312016-07-20
ZavijavaVirgoβ VirginisHR 45402016-08-21
ZhangHydraυ1 Hydrae AHR 39032017-06-30
ZibalEridanusζ Eridani AaHR 9842016-09-12
ZosmaLeoδ LeonisHR 43572016-07-20
ZubenelgenubiLibraα2 Librae AaHR 55312016-08-21
ZubenelhakrabiLibraγ Librae AHR 57872017-09-05
ZubeneschamaliLibraβ LibraeHR 56852016-08-21

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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