Star names

By getting to know the sky through the constellations we can also learn the names of the stars. But only a small number of all stars have names. Those are approximately 300 of the brightest or most interesting and important stars. As the constellations bear names related to the figure formed by their brightest stars, the stars themselves are named mostly after the place they occupy in the constellation. There are many examples of this: Daneb in Arabic means tail, and this star is really in the tail of the Swan (Cygnus); Denbela (Arabic for Lion's tail) is in the tail of the Lion (Leo), and Regulus, which from Latin means "royal" is the brightest star of the Lion; Aldebaran (also from Arabic) means the "eye of the bull", and it can be foung within the figure of the Bull (Taurus).

An interesting fact in this case is that the division of the sky into today's constellations mainly comes from Egypt. The ancient Greeks retained these figures but gave them names that are related to their own legends and myths. The names of the stars are of Arabic origin, but nevertheless correspond in most cases to their location in the constellation.