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    Re: Benetnasch and Alkaid revisited
    From: Zvi Doron
    Date: 2005 Apr 9, 09:30 +0100
    I read somewhere that 'Betelgaux' comes from 'Ibt al Gausa' which in Arabic means 'The Shulder of the Giant'
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Frank R
    Sent: 08 April 2005 23:38
    Subject: Re: Benetnasch and Alkaid revisited

    Peter wrote:
    "Why do we have so many stars with Arabic names?"
    In part, I think it's because so few Europeans and European descendants have spoken Arabic historically. Part of the thing that makes a "proper name" sound "proper" is its obscurity. If you had to look up in the sky and say "that star is called 'The Knee'", it wouldn't seem like a proper name. But "Rigel"... that sounds mysterious and foreign and it feels like a proper name  --only because it's untranslated (and corrupted) Arabic.
    42.0N 87.7W, or 41.4N 72.1W.
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