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Glenn Chaple's observing basics: A star by any other name

February 2005: What is the identity of the star BD +88°8? How about HD 8890, BS 424, or SAO 308? If you're still shaking your head, I have a surprise for you.
Quick trivia question: What is the identity of the star BD +88°8? Never heard of it? How about HD 8890, BS 424, or SAO 308? Still drawing a blank? Surely you have encountered Struve 93 or ADS 1477 during your nighttime astronomical forays. If you're still shaking your head, I have a surprise for you. All of the aforementioned codes actually are catalog names for one famous star.

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