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    Re: The 57 Navigational Stars (and Zuben'ubi)
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2005 Apr 17, 11:41 +1000

    There doesn?t seem to be any agreement about how to transcribe Arabic into
    English. When Lawrence of Arabia?s publishers complained of the many
    different ways he wrote down sometimes even the same places he relied that
    this was all to the good and he intended to devise even more variations.
    
    Even common words have many variations: Koran Qu?run etc, Kaddafi Gadaffi
    etc
    
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    From: Frank R
    
    The Alkaid vs Benetnasch puzzle has led me to this question: when was the
    list of 57 navigational stars established? Anyone know? For what it's worth,
    I think this is the point at which the American almanac prefered "Alkaid"
    replaced the British prefered "Benetnasch".
    
    By the way, on the list in the Nautical Almanac, abbreviated names are
    marked with a period, e.g. "Kaus Aust." while the Arabic glottal stop is
    marked with an apostrophe, e.g. "Al Na'ir". But Zubenelgenubi is written
    "Zuben'ubi". This never occurred to me before... are there people who
    pronounce Zubenelgenubi as Zuben-STOP-ubi?
    
    
    
    

       
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