I love the proper names of stars, most of which are severely corrupted versions of Arabic originals, and one of my favourite books is R H Allen's Star Names - Their Lore and Meaning.

A few years ago I spent several months tweeting every star with a proper name, from Acamar to Zubeneschelmani, on my sadly undersubscribed weird twitter account FSVO.

Then I wrote some code to pull their coordinates from Wikipedia, and used the Javascript data visualisation library d3 to render them as an interactive celestial sphere.

Catalogus Stellarum

The source code is on GitHub.


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