TOP 6 Brightest Stars Have Arabic Names

In the Quran, Allah mentions many of his created functions of stars in the sky. In addition to decorating the sky at night, the star has as a thrower his creature named satan,

. وَلَقَدْ زَيَّنَّا السَّمَاءَ الدُّنْيَا بِمَصَابِيحَ وَجَعَلْنَاهَا رُجُومًا لِلشَّيَاطِينِ ۖ وَأَعْتَدْنَا لَهُمْ عَذَابَ السَّعِيرِ

“We have adorned the heavens close to the stars, and We have made them satanists, and We have prepared for them the torment of a blazing hell.” (QS.Al Mulk: 5)

In another verse the Quran also mentions,

وَلَقَدْ جَعَلْنَا فِي السَّمَاءِ بُرُوجًا وَزَيَّنَّاهَا لِلنَّاظِرِينَ

“And indeed We have created a cluster of stars and We have adorned the sky for those who look upon it” (QS.Al Hijr: 16)

Most star names are marked in Greek. But the Quran and science this time discuss the brightest stars in space. It turns out that some of these stars have Arabic names.

Many stars have been named and have Arabic names. This is due to the important role of Muslim astronomers during the Islamic golden age.

The names are in Latin, but can be found traces of Arabic words in them. Curious? Come on, check it out.

Muslim astronomers such as Abdul al Rahman al Sufi had an important role in astronomy. He translated important information, such as Ptolemy’s famous Almagest.

Muslimah Scientist Who Invented Astrolabes

This work covers the outline of Aristotle’s cosmology, the motion of stars, moons, Jupiter and Saturn, eclipses, and so on. To be able to translate a work as complex as this, one must have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the material itself.

Arab astronomers not only translated his works, but also added a lot of important information. Many of the names of these stars were eventually copied and used in Europe. The origins of the names are actually derived from Arabic.

Here are the names of the brightest stars in Latin but contain Arabic elements:

1. Altair

The star’s name is actually a shortened version of the name An-Nisr ut-Ṭa’ir which means ‘flying eagle’.

Altair is a bright star in the northern summer sky that is one of three stars that form an astronomical asterism called the Summer Triangle.It is located in the constellation Aquila (Eagle) and is about 16.7 years from Earth and can be seen without the use of aids. It is the 12th brightest star in the night sky and has a magnitude of 0.77.

The star also rotates so fast, nearly 185 miles (300 kilometers) per second at its equator. The mass of this star is about 1.8 times that of the Sun and 11 times brighter than the Sun.

2. Rigil Kentaurus

It is derived from the Arabic name Rijl ul-Qanturis. When translated this would be ‘centaur foot’.

3. Betelgeuse

This means the middle armpit, derived from the Arabic name Ibt ul-Jawza. Deneb is a shortened version of the name Dhanab ud-Dajajah which means ‘hen’s tail’.

4. Alnitak

This name means ‘corset’. It comes from the Arabic language An-Nitaq.

5. Fomalhaut

The star is named Fum al-Hul. In Arabic, the name means ‘mouth of the pope’.

6. Algol

Algol is a shortened version of the Arabic name Ra’as al-Ghul. Many people recognized the word Ghoul in it. Ghouls are figures in Arabic legends who are a kind of demon or a terrifying monster.

Actually the list of star names derived from Arabic is very much. These six stars were chosen because they are the brightest in space.

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