Abstract: Using a series transformation, StirlingDe Moivre asymptotic series approximation to the Gamma function is converted into a new one with better convergence properties. The new formula is compared with those of Stirling, Laplace and Ramanujan for real arguments greater than 0.5 and turns out to be, for equal number of 'correction' terms, numerically superior to all of them. As a side benefit, a closedform approximation has turned up during the analysis which is about as good as 3rd order Stirling's (maximum relative error smaller than 1e10 for real arguments greater or equal to 10).

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Note: this article is an extended version of an older one to which it adds the estimate of the remainder.
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