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1. Aries main asterism is formed by three prominent stars, of which the brightest one is mostly referred to by the traditional name of "Hamal". This is the Arabic word for what animal?
2. One of the "oldest" constellations, as it has been known since the Bronze Ages, Taurus contains the 14th brightest star in the sky. What is its common name, also taken from Arabic?
3. Gemini, the Twins, is associated with the Greek myth of Castor and Pollux. It's no surprise, then, that its two brightest stars are also named after them. However, which one is the brightest?
4. Moving on to Cancer, we'll stop at a star which is not the brightest of the constellation, but instead holds another odd record. What would that be? Give it a long thought if you need to.
5. Unlike its neighbor, Leo contains several bright stars, making it very prominent in the night sky. Which is its brightest object, with a name that's Latin for "little king"?
6. To find Virgo's brightest star, there is a mnemonic that goes "Arc to Arcturus and Spike to ______". What goes in the blank?
7. Before being considered as a separate constellation, Libra was originally thought to be part of the neighboring Scorpius. Hence, some of its stars retain the root "Zuben-" on its names, which derives from the Arabic word for "claw". Which of the following is NOT a star in Libra?
8. The name of Scorpius' main star can be found tying together a working insect and an ancient belligerent god. What is it?
9. The brightest stars of Sagittarius, when seen from some parts of the northern hemisphere, form an asterism that is known by the name of what household item? It may help to know that sometimes you can see a puff of steam at one of its extremes.
10. Capricornus' brightest star is actually a binary system, called "Deneb Algedi". It's a variable star, meaning that its apparent brightness changes through time. In this case, why does that happen? (Remember, it's actually TWO stars)
11. This star's name would make you think it belongs to another zodiacal constellation, but it's actually found in Aquarius. What's its name, shared with a mountain in Hong Kong?
12. Pisces contains the closest solitary white dwarf to the Milky Way galaxy. It's named after a Dutch astronomer. What was his name?
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