Turn the glass upon β (Rigel), the white first-magnitude star in Orion's left foot.
Then we had landed, and almost at the same moment Rigel set.
He had known Betelgeuse years ago and personally had always preferred its neighbour Rigel, which had received no publicity at all.
The latitude as ascertained by the stars Aldebaran and Rigel was 30 degrees 24 minutes 44 seconds South.
Smyth mentions Rigel as a test for a 4-inch aperture, with powers of from 80 to 120.
Its name is Rigel (pronounced re´-jel) from an Arabian word meaning "the foot."
The star to be examined is the little brilliant dangling below the right-hand end of the Belt, toward Rigel.
The most advanced culture on Rigel's first planet is to be compared to the Italian cities during Europe's feudalistic era.
Rigel belongs to a new generation of the universe; Betelgeuse to the universe that is passing.
The well-known companion to the bright star Rigel (β Orionis) has been suspected for many years to be a close double star.
bright star in Orion, 1590s, from Arabic Rijl Jauzah al Yusra "the Left Leg of the Central One," from rijl "foot."
A very bright, bluish-white supergiant star in the constellation Orion. It is a binary star, with an average apparent magnitude of 0.12. Scientific name: Beta Orionis.
Our Living Language : The history of astronomy owes much to Arabic scientists of the Middle Ages, who preserved the astronomical learning of ancient Greece and made improvements on it. The English names of many of the brightest stars in the heavens are Arabic in origin. The name of the supergiant star Rigel, for example, comes from the Arabic word for "foot" (the foot of the constellation Orion, that is). Some other important stars whose names are Arabic include Aldebaran, "the one following (the Pleiades)"; Betelgeuse, "hand of Orion"; Deneb, "tail" (of the constellation Cygnus, the swan); and Altair, "the flying eagle" (in the constellation Aquila, the eagle). The names of other stars are usually Greek or Latin, such as Antares or Sirius, as are the names of the constellations.