Alternate Names

A classic form of astronomical embarrassment is to be caught unwittingly analyzing the same star twice with different names, as Chandrasekhar once did with Sirius! Besides, occasionally one needs to look up an object in old books or unfamiliar catalogs. Therefore, here we list Eta's designations used in various places.

Caveat: Large standard catalogs often contain untrustworthy information about this object, because its characteristics are ill-suited to mass cataloging. The spectrum is unclassifiable by normal standards, bright ejecta make its position and brightness hard to measure, etc.

Eta Carinae =

More designations can be found at the SIMBAD site.

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