The Name Betelgeuse in Chinese / Japanese...

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sān sù sì
Betelgeuse Scroll

參宿四 is the title for Betelgeuse (star in the constellation Orion) in Chinese.

Also known as "α Orionis" (Alpha Orionis), Alpha Ori, or in Japan the Heike-boshi or Heike-star.

Note: 参宿 (Shēn Xiù) is the name given by ancient Chinese astronomers for a constellation of three stars (the three naked-eye visible belt stars of Orion). Therefore, 參宿四 means the Fourth Star of the constellation of Three Stars (which sounds like a joke). As telescopes got better, it should be noted that there are actually 10 stars in the constellation.

beterugiusu
Betelgeuse Scroll

This is the name Betelgeuse in Japanese Katakana.


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Heike Star / Betelgeuse

hei ke boshi
Heike Star / Betelgeuse Scroll

平家星 is the old Japanese title for the Betelgeuse star in the constellation Orion.

While also known as Alpha Orionis or Betelgeuse in the West, this was the "Heike star" in Japan.

The powerful Taira clan, known colloquially as the 平家 (Heike clan), adopted this star's red color as its symbol some time in the late 800's AD. They called the star 平家星 (Heike-boshi).


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Betelgeuse參宿四sān sù sì
san1 su4 si4
san su si
sansusi
san su ssu
sansussu
Betelgeuseベテルギウスbeterugiusu
Heike Star
Betelgeuse
平家星hei ke boshi
heikeboshi


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平家星

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 heikeboshi / hekeboshi
    へいけぼし
Heike Star / Betelgeuse Scroll
{astron} (See ベテルギウス) Betelgeuse (star in the constellation Orion); Alpha Orionis; Alpha Ori; Heike star

ベテルギウス

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 beterugiusu
    ベテルギウス
Heike Star / Betelgeuse Scroll
{astron} Betelgeuse (star in the constellation Orion); Alpha Orionis; (personal name) Betelgeuse

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