With an /f/ or with a /v/ (f and v like in English..)? And while we're at it, How does this name sound in German? Does it have any bad associations?


Vega is pronounced with a /v/, not an /f/.

The star's name in German also is rendered as Wega sometimes.

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    Not sometimes, but Wega is the more common German name. – Janka Sep 11 '17 at 23:26
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    @Janka the practice to Germanize these names is not universally followed. That is, Wega is the German name, but I found Vega to be much more common, despite what wikipedia says. But either might be anecdotal, or there is a change towards "V" again like in other fields. – Chieron Sep 12 '17 at 8:15
  • I doubt that more than a bit because astronomy was a school subject in Eastern Germany and sure they used Wega. So, apart from people actually working in the field of astronomy, you can be pretty sure the majority of people in Germany still uses Wega. – Janka Sep 12 '17 at 19:13
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    My (also East German) astronomy teacher used Vega, so there might be a switch? Similar to Wismut and Äther falling out of favor compared to Bismut and Ether. – Chieron Sep 12 '17 at 19:37

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