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Name of this article
According to naming conventions, this star as an accepted common name (Alnitak) as well as, obviously, Zeta Orionis. The name should be under which is more widely used.
- WRT Google hits:
- Alnitak + star = 17700
- "Zeta Orionis" + star = 4910
On google scholar,
- "Zeta Orionis" + star = 69
- Alnitak + star = 87
The passage "the Alnitak system was found to be almost twice as close" is not at all well written; "half as distant" would be a better way to phrase it assuming that is what was actually meant. -220.127.116.11 (talk) 12:26, 21 June 2010 (UTC)
Distance: 700 or 800 LY?
The article switches at least twice between 700 and 800 light years distance. We should pick one, preferably with a recent citation, and stick with it. Any thoughts?
- Validation of the new Hipparcos reduction (2007) gives parallax = 4.43mas, distance = 225pc = 736ly. The distance in the XMM-Newton paper comes from the older, original Hipparcos reduction (parallax = 3.99mas). I will update the article using the newer data and make it consistent. Metebelis (talk) 21:41, 27 March 2012 (UTC)