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Article Title

Wordplay in Astronomy

Authors

Mark Isaak

Abstract

No area of study creates more new names than astronomy. The USNO B1.0 database includes about a billion stars, and the Guide Star Catalog II will contain about two billion stars and galaxies when it is done. Unfortunately for logologists, though, the vast quantity of names requires that virtually all of them be formed by conventional rules with no room from creativity.

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