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« Reply #45 on: May 29, 2009, 08:55:01 am »

Islamic Astronomy
Main articles: Islamic astronomy and List of Arabic star names
Centres of learning in medicine and astronomy/astrology were set up in Baghdad and Damascus, and the Caliph Al-Mansur of Baghdad established a major observatory and library in the city, making it the world's astronomical centre. During this time knowledge of astronomy was greatly increased, and the astrolab was invented by Al Fazari. So much was knowledge increased by the Arabs that even today a great many star names are Arabic in origin. Here is a short list for some of the most prominent, with their original meaning:


Achernar "River's End"

Aladfar "Claws"

Aldebaran "The Follower"
Alioth "Sheep's Tail"
Altair "The Flying"

Betelgeuse "Central Hand"
Deneb "Tail"

Mizar "Waistband"
Rasolgethi "Head of the Kneeling One"
Rigel "Foot of the Great One"

Vega "The Falling"

The meaning of the star names cannot really be understood without reference to the constellation
of which they are a part.

Further details of the star names, along with a greater list of others can be found in the article:
List of traditional star names.

Some astrologers still include a few of the stars in their charts today, along with the usual planets.
For example, Aldabaran is said to signify confidence, energy and leadership qualities, while Vega is
said to indicate good fortune in worldy ambitions.
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