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…]
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.
Here are the highlights of the night sky in August: 8:30 PM western sky – Venus over the western horizon at twilight, and Saturn slightly higher in the sky, moving toward the western horizon in the evening 10 PM southeastern sky – Lyra constellation with the bright stars Vega and Epsilon Lyrae (the Double Double), … [Read more…]