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A giant orange star, and a source of infrared radiation. Its constellation of Monoceros is not populated by bright stars, and despite its 'alpha' designation (it is in fact the second brightest star in Monoceros) it is a faint object with a magnitude of just +3.9.

A very few sources give the proper name Samoht for this star, but these references are so rare that is difficult to verify this as a traditional name for Alpha Monocerotis. It is immediately apparent that the name is a backward spelling of Thomas, which perhaps implies a similar origin to the names of the stars Sualocin and Rotanev in Delphinus. Those star-names originated from an inverted spelling of the personal name Nicolaus Venator, and perhaps some similar creative process lies behind Samoht.


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