How are stars named?

Most of the brightest stars are named after characters in the mythology from various cultures. Many of them have different names depending on where you are in the world. They were often named in pre-history by our ancestors. Modern astronomers have given the stars new names so that they can keep track of them. Stars are named for the constellation that they lie in with the brightest star in a constellation being alpha and so on throught the greek alphabet. Also if you discover a star you can name it or you can buy a star and name it.