_the german astronomer Bayer published a star atlas in which he allotted the stars greek letters according to their constellations and apparent magnitudes. most of the really bright stars have individual names, but it would be both cumbersome and difficult to attempt to find a name for each separate star. Bayer's idea was to designate the brightest star in a constellation alpha, the second beta, and so on.
* as seen over the tatra mountains
n. the frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist — the same sunset, the same waterfall, the same curve of a hip, the same closeup of an eye — which can turn a unique subject into something hollow and pulpy and cheap, like a mass-produced piece of furniture you happen to have assembled yourself.
|from the dictionary of obscure sorrows|