The Great Square of Pegasus is an asterism formed by three bright stars in Pegasus constellation – Markab, Scheat and Algenib – and Alpheratz in the neighbouring constellation Andromeda. For northern observers, the asterism is particularly prominent in the summer months, when it can be seen high overhead in the evening.
The Winter Triangle, or the Great Southern Triangle, is an asterism formed by three bright stars in three prominent winter constellations. These stars are Betelgeuse in Orion, Procyon in Canis Minor and Sirius in Canis Major constellation. The Winter Triangle is prominent in the night sky in the northern hemisphere during the winter months, from … [Read more…]
The Lyrid meteor shower, also known as the April Lyrids, is one of the oldest known meteor showers, with records dating back more than 2,600 years. The Lyrids are an annual event that peaks around April 22 and the early morning of April 23 each year. Lyrid meteors can typically be seen from April 16 … [Read more…]
Here are some of the highlights of the night sky in August: 9 PM southern sky – Mars and Saturn moving toward the western horizon after sunset, moving closer together as the month progresses 9 PM western sky – August 31 – Mars, Saturn and the crescent Moon in a triple conjunction 5:45 AM eastern … [Read more…]
The Summer Triangle is one of the most familiar patterns in the northern summer night sky. The three bright stars that mark the vertices of the Summer Triangle are Altair, Deneb, and Vega, the brightest stars in the constellations Aquila, Cygnus, and Lyra. The star pattern makes it easy to locate each of the three … [Read more…]
Deneb, Alpha Cygni, is the brightest star in Cygnus constellation and the most distant of all first magnitude stars. Deneb is a luminous blue supergiant. It is one of the stars that form the Summer Triangle, along with Altair in Aquila constellation and Vega in Lyra. Deneb is also the brightest star of the Northern … [Read more…]