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A Skywatcher's Pronunciation Guide

88 Constellations
A-Ch | Ci-I | L-Pi | Pi-Z
21 Brightest Stars

(Pronunciation: all capital letters indicates the stressed syllable(s). Click to hear the proper pronunciation of the names of the stars and constellations which appear on the FCPS Starfinder.)

PRONOUNCING THE CONSTELLATIONS (A-Ch)
NAME PRONUNCIATION GENITIVE PRONUNCIATION
Andromeda an-DROM-eh-dah Andromedae an-DROM-eh-day
Antlia ANT-lee-ah Antliae ANT-lee-ay
Apus AY-puss Apodis APE-oh-diss
Aquarius ah-KWARE-ee-us Aquarii ah-KWARE-ee-eye
Aquila AK-weh-lah
uh-KWILL-uh
Aquilae AK-weh-lay
uh-KWILL-ay
Ara AY-rah Arae AY-ray
Aries AIR-ee-eez Arietis ah-RYE-eh-tiss
Auriga oh-RYE-gah Aurigae oh-RYE-gay
Bootes boh-OH-teez Bootis boh-OH-tiss
Caelum SEE-lum Caeli SEE-lie
Camelopardalis kah-MEL-oh-PAR-dal-iss Camelopardalis kah-MEL-oh-PAR-dal-iss
Cancer KAN-sir Cancri KANG-kry
Canes Venatici KAY-neez veh-NAT-ih-sigh Canum Venaticorum KAY-num veh-NAT-ih-KOH-rum
Canis Major KAY-niss MAY-jer Canis Majoris KAY-niss mah-JOR-iss
Canis Minor KAY-niss MY-ner Canis Minoris KAY-niss my-NOR-iss
Capricornus KAP-rih-KOR-nus Capricorni KAP-rih-KOR-nye
Carina kah-RYE-nah Carinae kah-RYE-nay
Cassiopeia KASS-ee-oh-PEE-uh Cassiopeiae KASS-ee-oh-PEE-yay
Centaurus sen-TAUR-us Centauri sen-TAUR-eye
Cepheus SEE-fee-us Cephei SEE-fee-eye
Cetus SEE-tes Ceti SEE-tie
Chamaeleon kah-MEE-lee-un Chamaeleontis kah-MEE-lee-ON-tis

PRONOUNCING THE CONSTELLATIONS, cont. (Ci-I)
NAME PRONUNCIATION GENITIVE PRONUNCIATION
Circinus SUR-sih-nuss Circini SUR-sin-eye
Columba koh-LUM-bah Columbae koh-LUM-bay
Coma Berenices KOH-mah BARE-ah-NYE-seez Comae Berenices KOH-may BARE-ah-NYE-seez
Corona Australis koh-ROH-nah oss-TRAY-liss Coronae Australis koh-ROH-nay oss-TRAY-liss
Corona Borealis koh-ROH-nah BOH-ree-AL-liss
koh-ROH-nah BOH-ree-AY-liss
Coronae Borealis koh-ROH-nay BOH-ree-AL-liss
koh-ROH-nay BOH-ree-AY-liss
Corvus KOR-vuss Corvi KOR-vie
Crater KRAY-ter Crateris kray-TEE-riss
Crux KRUX Crucis KROO-sis
Cygnus SIG-nuss Cygni SIG-nye
Delphinus del-FIE-nes Delphini del-FIE-nye
Dorado doh-RAH-doh Doradus doh-RAH-doos
Draco DRAY-koh Draconis drek-KOH-niss
Equuleus eh-KWOO-lee-us Equulei eh-KWOO-lee-eye
Eridanus ih-RID'n-us Eridani ih-RID'n-eye
Fornax FOR-naks Fornacis for-NAY-siss
Gemini JEM'n-eye Geminorum JEM-eh-NOR-um
Grus GRUSS Gruis GROO-iss
Hercules HUR-kyuh-leez Herculis HUR-kyuh-liss
Horologium HOR-uh-LOW-jee-em Horologii HOR-oh-LOW-jee-eye
Hydra HY-drah Hydrae HY-dray
Hydrus HY-druss Hydri HY-dry
Indus INN-duss Indi INN-die

PRONOUNCING THE CONSTELLATIONS, cont. (L-Pi)
NAME PRONUNCIATION GENITIVE PRONUNCIATION
Lacerta lah-SUR-tah Lacertae lah-SUR-tay
Leo LEE-oh Leonis lee-OH-niss
Leo Minor LEE-oh MY-ner Leonis Minoris lee-OH-niss my-NOR-iss
Lepus LEE-pus Leporis LEE-por-iss
Libra LIE-brah Librae LIE-bray
Lupus LOO-puss Lupi LOO-pie
Lynx LINKS Lyncis LYNN-sis
Lyra LIE-rah Lyrae LIE-ray
Mensa MEN-sah Mensae MEN-say
Microscopium MY-kroh-SKOH-pee-um Microscopii MY-kroh-SKOH-pee-eye
Monoceros moh-NOSS-er-us Monocerotis moh-NOSS-er-OH-tiss
Musca MUSS-kah Muscae MUSS-say
Norma NOR-mah Normae NOR-may
Octans OCK-tanz Octantis ock-TAN-tiss
Ophiuchus OFF-ee-YOO-kuss Ophiuchi OFF-ee-YOO-kye
Orion oh-RYE-un Orionis OH-rye-OH-niss
Pavo PAY-voh Pavonis pah-VOH-niss
Pegasus PEG-ah-suss Pegasi PEG-ah-sigh
Perseus PURR-syoos
PURR-see-us
Persei PURR-see-eye
Phoenix FEE-nix Phoenicis fee-NYE-sis
Pictor PICK-ter Pictoris pick-TOR-iss
Pisces PIE-seez Piscium PIE-see-em

PRONOUNCING THE CONSTELLATIONS, cont. (Pi-Z)
NAME PRONUNCIATION GENITIVE PRONUNCIATION
Piscis Austrinus PIE-siss oss-TRI-nuss Piscis Austrini PIE-siss oss-TRI-nye
Puppis PUP-iss Puppis PUP-iss
Pyxis PICK-sis Pyxidis PICK-seh-dis
Reticulum reh-TICK-yah-lum Reticuli reh-TICK-yah-lie
Sagitta sa-JIT-tah Sagittae sa-JIT-tay
Sagittarius SAJ-eh-TARE-ee-us Sagittarii SAJ-eh-TARE-ee-eye
Scorpius SKOR-pee-us Scorpii SKOR-pee-eye
Sculptor SKULP-ter Sculptoris skulp-TOH-riss
Scutum SKOO-tem
SKYOO-tem
Scuti SKOO-tie
SKYOO-tie
Serpens SUR-penz Serpentis sur-PEN-tiss
Sextans SEX-tanz Sextantis sex-TAN-tiss
Taurus TAW-russ Tauri TOR-eye
Telescopium TEL-ah-SKOH-pee-um Telescopii TEL-ah-SKOH-pee-eye
Triangulum tri-ANG-gyah-lum Trianguli tri-ANG-gyah-lie
Triangulum Australe tri-ANG-gyah-lum OSS-tray-lee Trianguli Australis tri-ANG-gyah-lie oss-TRAY-liss
Tucana too-KAY-nah Tucanae too-KAY-nay
Ursa Major UR-sah MAY-jer Ursae Majoris UR-say mah-JOR-iss
Ursa Minor UR-sah MY-ner Ursae Minoris UR-say my-NOR-iss
Vela VEE-lah Velorum vee-LOH-rum
Virgo VUR-go Virginis VUR-jinn-iss
Volans VOH-lanz Volantis voh-LAN-tiss
Vulpecula vul-PECK-yoo-lah Vulpeculae vul-PECK-yoo-lay

PRONOUNCING THE 21 BRIGHTEST STARS IN THE NIGHT SKY
NAME PRONUNCIATION NAME PRONUNCIATION NAME PRONUNCIATION
1. Sirius SEAR-ee-us 8. Procyon PRO-see-on 15. Antares an-TARE-eez
2. Canopus kah-NO-puss 9. Achernar AY-ker-nar 16. Spica SPY-kah
3. Alpha Centauri AL-fah sen-TAUR-eye 10. Betelgeuse BET'l-jooz 17. Pollux PAUL-ux
4. Arcturus ark-TOOR-us 11. Beta Centauri BAY-tah cen-TAUR-eye 18. Fomalhaut foo-mal-HOUT
5. Vega VEE-gah 12. Altair al-TAH-yir or al-TARE 19. Deneb DEN-ebb
6. Capella kah-PELL-ah 13. Aldebaran al-DEB-ah-ran 20. Beta Crucis BAY-tah KROO-sis
7. Rigel RYE-j'l 14. Acrux AY-krux 21. Regulus REG-yoo-luss


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