A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Frank Reed
Date: 2020 Nov 30, 18:44 -0800
Bob Goethe, you wrote:
"Alnair is indeed the name used in the 2021 Nautical Almanac."
Excellent! Thank you for checking, Bob! If anyone is interested in thumbing through other recent editions, it would be nice for the trivia history of the Nautical Almanac to know when the listed spelling of the star's name changed from "Al Na'ir" to "Alnair". I assume that this happened after 2016 when the IAU adopted its first sets of official star names, but it occurs to me now that it's possible that HMNAO (the British Nautical Almanac editors) made the change first.