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Rename to Bellatrix[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: page moved. Vegaswikian (talk) 20:50, 8 March 2011 (UTC)



Gamma OrionisBellatrix — In 1603 the astronomer Johann Bayer published 'Uranometria', the first atlas of the whole sky, seen with the naked eye. He named each star with a code name: a Greek letter and the genitive form of the constellation's name. Hence Bellatrix is designated 'Gamma Orionis'. The brightest stars have been given individual names such as Vega, Sirius and Rigel. The Wikipedia articles aren't called 'Alpha Lyrae', 'Alpha Canis Majoris' or 'Beta Orionis'. So why is the Bellatrix article called 'Gamma Orionis'?

This article was created in 2004 as 'Bellatrix' but in 2005 [1] 'Bellatrix' was moved to 'Gamma Orionis', without any discussion. AFAIK it was done because of Harry Potter's Bellatrix Lestrange and there weren't disambiguation in those days. Bellatrix is bright enough to have its name as the article name. It would also improve Category:Stars with proper names. --Regards, Necessary Evil (talk) 14:47, 1 March 2011 (UTC)

  • Support as usage. Septentrionalis PMAnderson 16:29, 1 March 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment there's been disambiguation pages for a long time, since before 2005, though this particular page Bellatrix (disambiguation) only exists from 2006. 65.95.15.144 (talk) 05:13, 2 March 2011 (UTC)
  • Weak support—if it's the more common name (which I suspect it is). 86.6.193.43 (talk) 22:07, 4 March 2011 (UTC)
  • Strong support---Gamma Orionis tells me it's a star in Orion, Bellatrix tells me which one. Rothorpe (talk) 00:48, 5 March 2011 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.