The Winter Triangle, or the Great Southern Triangle, is an asterism formed by three bright stars in 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 December … [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. It is also the brightest star of the Northern … [Read more…]
Altair, or Alpha Aquilae, is the brightest star in the constellation Aquila, the Eagle. It lies only 16.7 light years from Earth. The star has a visual magnitude of 0.77. Along with the stars Vega in Lyra constellation and Deneb in Cygnus, Altair forms the Summer Triangle, a prominent asterism in the northern hemisphere. It … [Read more…]
Vega, Alpha Lyrae, is the brightest star in Lyra constellation and the fifth brightest star in the sky. Vega is only fainter than Sirius in Canis Major, Canopus in Carina, Alpha Centauri in Centaurus, and Arcturus in Boötes constellation. It is the second brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere, with only Arcturus appearing brighter.