Used in Recipes
Obtained from Desynthesis
How to Obtain
|Cannot be sold on the Auction House or delivered, but can be traded and bazaared.|
- Starlight Celebration (Christmas 2005 Event)
During Starlight Celebration Event (for Christmas 2005), there were 7 Rare Christmas cards that could be obtained. They were: Aldebaran Card, Betelgeuse Card, Canopus Card, Capella Card, Pleiades Card, Rigel Card, Sirius Card. All of these cards are named after some of the brightest stars in the night sky and most of which are visible in the evening hours in December. Most of the stars form the Winter Hexagon asterism, a giant hexagon formed from the brighest stars around at that time of year (Aldebaran, Capella, Pollux, Procyon, Rigel, Sirius). Procyon and Pollux are not included in these cards. Most of the stars form the Summer Hexagon in the Southern Hemisphere, with Canopus replacing Capella.
Betelgeuse (Alpha Orionis) is a star in the Orion constellation (the hunter). Despite its designation, it is not the brightest star in Orion; that honor falls to Rigel (Beta Orionis). Betelgeuse is a star of the spectral type M1 (red), and is a red supergiant. It is one of 3 stars that forms the Winter Triangle (Sirius, Procyon) and is one of the brightest winter nighttime stars. It is one of the largest stars known. If it were in the Sol solar system, its surface would be located at Jupiter's orbit (in other words, it's a very big star). It is located 427 ly from Sol. Betelgeuse is a corrupt translation of the Arabic yad al-jawza, meaning "hand of the central one". Renaissance astronomers thought it was supposed to be written as bait al-jauza, which means "armpit of the central one", thus leading to yad al-jawza becoming Betelgeuse. It is also called "the martial one" and was considered in Medieval astrology to portend military and civic honors.