Rigil Kent


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Rigil Kent

(ˈraɪdʒɪl ˈkɛnt)
n
(Celestial Objects) astronomy the star Alpha Centauri. Often shortened to: Rigil
[from Rigil Kentaurus, from Arabic al Rigil al Kentaurus the Centaur's foot]
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Noun1.Rigil Kent - brightest star in Centaurus; second nearest star to the sun
Centaurus, Centaur - a conspicuous constellation in the southern hemisphere near the Southern Cross
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While the name Alpha Centauri is certainly its most popular designation, the star is also known as Rigil Kentaurus (or Rigil Kent for short), coming from the Arabic phrase meaning "the centaur's foot." It is also known by two lesser-used titles, Toliman and Bungula.
About a third of the way from there to the map's center is the bright star Alpha ([alpha]) Centauri (Rigil Kent).