#169 Unfamiliar names shown for stars


Unfamiliar proper names for many stars are displayed by Celestia. This is a consequence of Celestia using the first name from starnames.dat as the canonical star name. Thus, a quick fix is to rearrange the order of some of the names in star names.dat. For example, starnames.dat has the record:

12706:Kaffaljidhmah:GAM Cet:86 Cet

This results in rarely used name Kaffaljidhmam being shown when the star HIP 12706 is labeled or listed in the star browser. The record could be rearranged so that GAM cet appears first.

A more complex fix would be to separate the Bayer and Flamsteed designations into separate files and allow the user to choose their prefered naming scheme for stars. There could be four separate files:

- common proper names
- Bayer designations
- Flamsteed numbers
- rarely used proper names

Where rarely used proper names would only be enabled by user request.


  • ajtribick

    ajtribick - 2008-01-11

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    Perhaps this could be tied to apparent magnitude (as seen from Earth) - use the proper names for first magnitude stars, dimmer stars resort to Bayer/Flamsteed.

    Related request: how about allowing the user to choose which catalogue gets used - e.g. allowing HD numbers to be used in preference to HIP.

  • Chris Laurel

    Chris Laurel - 2008-09-16
    • milestone: --> v1.7.0
    • status: open --> open-postponed

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