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ASTRONOMICAL PRONUNCIATION GUIDE

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The Brightest Stars
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The Brightest Stars

(This section is under construction)

The Constellations

NAME

PRONUNCIATION

GENTIVE

PRONUNCIATION

MEANING

Andromeda

an-DROM-eh-dah

Andromedae

an-DROM-eh-day

The Princess of Ethiopia

Antlia

ANT-lee-ah

Antliae

ANT-lee-ay

The Air Pump

Apus

AY-puss

Apodis

APE-oh-diss

The Bird of Paradise

Aquarius

ah-KWARE-ee-us

Aquarii

ah-KWARE-ee-eye

The Water Carrier

Aquila

AK-weh-lah

Aquilae

AK-weh-lay

The Eagle

 

uh-KWILL-uh

 

uh-KWILL-ay

 

Ara

AY-rah

Arae

AY-ray

The Altar

Aries

AIR-ee-eez

Arietis

ah-RYE-eh-tiss

The Ram

Auriga

oh-RYE-gah

Aurigae

oh-RYE-gay

The Charioteer

Bootes

bah-OH-teez

Bootis

bah-OH-tiss

The Herdsman

Caelum

SEE-lum

Caeli

SEE-lie

The Sculptor's Chisel

Camelopardalis

kah-MEL-oh-PAR-dal-iss

Camelopardais

Kah-MEL-ohPAR-dal-iss

The Giraffe

Cancer

KAN-sir

Cancri

KANG-kry

The Crab

Canes Venatici

KAY-neez veh-NAT-ih-sigh

Canum Venaticorum

Kay-num veh-NAT-ih-KOH-rum

The Hunting Dogs

Canis Major

KAY-niss MAY-jer

Canis Majoris

KAY-niss mah-JOR-iss

The Great Dog

Canis Minor

KAY-niss MY-ner

Canis Minoris

KAY-niss my-NOR-iss

The Little Dog

Capricornus

KAP-rih-KOR-nus

Capricorni

KAP-rih-KOR-nye

The Sea Goat

Carina

Kah-RYE-nah

Carinae

kah-RYE-nay

The Keel of Argo

Cassiopeia

KASS-ee-oh-PEE-uh

Cassiopeiae

KASS-ee-oh-PEE-yay

The Queen of Ethiopia

Centaurus

sen-TAUR-us

Cintauri

sen-TAUR-eye

The Centaur

Cepheus

SEE-fee-us

Ciphei

SEE-fee-eye

The King of Ethiopia

Cetus

SEE-tes

Ceti

SEE-tie

The Sea Monster (Whale)

Chamaeleon

kah-MEE-lee-un

Chamaeleontis

kah-MEE-lee-ON-tiss

The Chameleon

Circinus

SUR-sih-nuss

Circini

SUR-sin-eye

The Compasses

Columba

koh-LUM-bah

Columbae

koh-LUM-bay

The Dove

Coma Berenices

KOH-mah BARE-ah-NYE-seez

Comae Berenices

KOH-may BARE-ah-NYE-seez

Berenice's Hair

Corona Australis

koh-ROH-nah oss-TRAY-liss

Coronae Australis

koh-ROH-nay oss-Tray-liss

The Southern Crown

Corona Borealis

koh-RDH-nah BOH-ree-AL-liss

Coronae Borealis

kah-ROH-nay BOH-reeAL-liss

The Northern Crown

 

kah-ROH-nah BOH-ree-AY-liss

 

kah-ROH-nay BOH-reeAY-liss

 

Corvus

KOR-vuss

Carvi

KOR-vie

The Crow

Crater

KRAY-ter

Crateris

kray-TEE-riss

The Cup

Crux

KRUX

Crucis

KROO-sis

The Southern Cross

Cygnus

SIG-nuss

Cygni

SIG-nye

The Swan

Delphinus

del-FIE-nes

Delphini

del-FIE-nye

The Dolphin

Dorado

doh-RAH-doh

Doradus

dah-RAH-doos

The Swordfish

Draco

DRAY-hoh

Draconis

dreh-KOH-niss

The Dragon

Equuleus

eh-KWOO-lee-us

Equulei

eh-KWOO-lee-eye

The Little Horse

Eridanus

ih-RID'N-us

Eridai

ih-RID'-eye

The River

Fornax

FOR-naks

Fornacis

for-NAY-siss

The Furnace

Gemini

JEM'n-eyeg

Geminorum

JEM-eh-NOR-um

The Twins

Grus

GRUSS

Gruis

GROO-iss

The Crane

Hercules

HUR-kyuh-leez

Herculis

HUR-kyuh-liss

Hercules

Horologium

HOR-uh-LOW-jee-em

Horologii

HOR-oh-LOW-jee-eye

The Clock

Hydra

HY-drah

Hydrae

HY-dray

The Sea Snake (female)

Hydrus

HY-druss

Hydri

HY-dry

The Water Snake (male)

Indus

INN-duss

Indi

INN-die

The American Indian

Lacerta

lah-SUR-tah

Lacertae

lah-SUR-tay

The Lizard

Leo

LEE-oh

Leonis

lee-OH-niss

The Lion

Leo Minor

LEE-oh MY-ner

Leonis Minoris

Lee-OH-ness my-NOR-iss

The Little Lion

Lepus

Lee-pus

Leporis

LEE-par-iss

The Hare

Libra

LIE-brah

Librae

LIE-bray

The Scales

Lupus

LOO-puss

Lupi

LOO-pie

The Wolf

Lynx

LINKS

Lyncis

LYNN-sis

The Lynx, Wildcats.

Lyra

LIE-rah

lyrae

LIE-ray

The Lyre

Mensa

MEN-sah

Mensae

MEN-say

Table (Mountain)

Microscopium

MY-kroh-SKOH-pee-em

Microscopii

MY-kroh-SKOH-pee-eye

The Microscope

Monoceros

moh-NOSS-er-us

Monocerotis

moh-NOSS-er-OH-tiss

The Unicorn

Musca

MUSS-kah

Muscae

MUSS-say

The Fly

Norma

NOR-mah

Normae

NOR-may

The Square

Octans

OCK-tanz

Octantis

ock-TAN-tiss

The Octant

Ophiuchus

Off-ee-YOO-kuss

Ophiuchi

OFF-ee-YOO-kye

The Serpent Bearer

Orion

oh-RYE-um

Orionis

OH-rye-OH-niss

The Hunter

Pavo

PAY-voh

Pavonis

pah-VOH-niss

The Peacock

Pegasus

PEG-ah-suss

Pegasi

PEG-ah-sigh

The Flying Horse.

Perseus

PURR-sy or PURR-see-us

Persei

Purr-see-eye

The Hero

Phoenix

FEE-nix

Phoenicis

Fee-NYE-sis

The Phoenix.

Pictor

PICK-ter

Pictoris

pick-TOR-iss

The Easel

Pisces

PIE-seez

Piscium

PIE-see-em

The Fishes

Piscis Austrinus

PIE-siss oss-TRI-nuss

Piscis Austrini

PIE-siss oss-TRI-nye

The Southern Fish.

Puppis

PUP-iss

Puppis

PUP-iss

The Stern of Argo

Pyxis

PICK-sis

Pyxidis

PICK-she-dis

The Compass of Argo

Reticulum

reh-TICK-yah-lum

Retculi

Reh-TICK-yah-lie

The net

Sagitta

sa-JIT-tah

Sagittae

sa-JIT-tay

The Arrow

Sagittarius

SAJ-eh-TARE-ee-us

Sagittarii

SAJ-eh-TRAE-ee-eye

The Archer

Scorpius

SKOR-pee-us

Scorpii

SKOR-pee-eye

The Scorpion

Sculptor

SKULP-ter

Sculptoris

skulp-TOH-riss

The Sculptor

Scutum

SKOO-tem or SKYOO-tem

Scuti

SKOO-tie or SKYOO-tie

The Shield

Serpens

SUR-penz

Serpentis

sur-PEN-tiss

The Serpent

Serpens Caput

SUR-penz

Serpentis

sur-PEN-tiss

The Serpent's Head

Serpens Cauda

SUR-penz

Serpentis

sur-PEN-tiss

The Serpent's Tail

Sextans

SEX-tanz

Sextantis

sex-TAN-tiss

The Sextant

Taurus

TOR-ess

Tauri

TOR-eye

The Bull

Telescopium

TEL-ah-SKOH-pee-um

Telescopii

TEL-ah-SKOH-pee-eye

The Telescope

Triangulum

triANG-gyah-lum

Trianguli

Tri-ANG-gyah-lie

The Triangle

Trangulum Australe

tri-ANG-gyah-lum OSS-tray-lee

Trianguli Australis

tri-ANG-gyah-lie oss-TRAY-liss

The Southern Triangle

Tucana

too-KAY-nah

Tucanae

too-KAY-nay

The Toucan

Ursa Major

UR-sah MAY-jer

Ursae Majoris

UR-say mah-JOR-iss

The Great Bear

Ursa Minor

UR-sah MY-ner

Ursae Minoris

UR-say my-NOR-iss

The Little Bear

Vela

VEE-lah

Velorum

vee-LOH-rum

The Sails of Argo

Virgo

VUR-go

Virgnis

VUR-jinn-iss

The Virgin

Volans

VOH-lanz

Voantis

voh-LAN-tiss

The Flying Fish

Vulpecula

vul-PECK-yoo-lah

Vulpeculae

vul-PECK-yoo-lay

The Fox

Planets and Satellites

PLANET NAME

SATELLITES

PRONUNCIATION

Mercury

 

MIRK-you-ree

Venus

 

VEE-nus

Mars

 

MARZ

 

Deimos

DYE-mos

 

Phobos

FOE-bos

Jupiter

 

JEW-pi-ter

 

Adrastea

ah-DRAHS-tee-ah

 

Amalthea

ah-mal-THEE-ah

 

Ananke

AYE-nan-kee

 

Callisto

ka-LIS-toe

 

Calypso

ka-LIP-soe

 

Carme

KAR-mee

 

Elara

EE-lahr-ah

 

Europa

you-ROE-pah

 

Ganymede

GaN-eh-meed

 

Himalia

HIM-ah-lee-ah

 

Io

EYE-oh

 

Leda

LEE-dah

 

Lysithea

lis-ih-THEE-ah

 

Metis

MEE-tis

 

Pasiphae

pa-SIF-ah-ee

 

Sinope

si-NOE-pee

 

Thebe

THEE-bee

Saturn

 

SA-turn

 

Altlas

AT-lus

 

Dione

dye-ON-ee

 

Enceladus

en-SELL-ah-dus

 

Epimethus

ep-a-MEE-thus

 

Hyperion

hye-PER-ee-on

 

Iapetus

ee-AHP-eh-tus

 

Janus

JAY-nus

 

Mimas

MYE-mus

 

Pandora

pan-DOOR-ah

 

Phoebe

FEE-bee

 

Prometheus

pro-MEE-thee-us

 

Rhea

REE-ah

 

Telesto

tah-LES-toe

 

Tethys

TEE-this

 

Titan

TYE-tun

Uranus

 

YOU-rah-nus

 

Ariel

AIR-ee-el

 

Miranda

mi-RAN-dah

 

Oberon

OH-ba-ron

 

Titania

tye-TAIN-ee-ah

 

Umbriel

UM-bree-el

Neptune

 

NEP-toon

 

Nereid

NAIR-ee-id

 

Triton

TRY-ton

 

Ceres

SAIR-eez

 

Juno

JEW-noh

 

Pallas

PAL-us

 

Vesta

VEST-ah

Pluto

 

PLOO-toe

 

Charon

CARE-en

Surface Features

(This section is under construction)



 
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