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Meet Regulus, brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion.
The star Alphard is the Heart of the Snake in constellation Hydra. Look for Alphard in the evening sky in March, April, and May.
Close together in the sky, Pollux and its brother star Castor are easy to compare. Pollux is brighter and golden in color, while Castor is fainter and white.
The Dog Star, Sirius, is easy to spot because it’s the sky’s brightest star. Procyon – the other Dog Star – is near its brighter brother on the sky’s dome.
Castor is one of 2 bright stars in the constellation Gemini the Twins. It appears as a single star, but it’s actually a multiple star system.
Sirius – the Dog Star – is the sky’s brightest star. It’s very easy to spot on winter and spring evenings.
Canopus is the 2nd-brightest star in the sky, and it’s easy to spot on February evenings, if …
Elnath, the 2nd-brightest star in Taurus, is the closest bright star to the galactic anticenter – the point in space directly opposite of our Milky Way’s center.
We see Capella as the brightest star in the constellation Auriga the Charioteer. It’s actually 2 stars, each with a golden color similar to our sun.
Blue-white Rigel, in the constellation Orion, is one of the brightest stars in the night sky. It’s about twice as hot, and 40,000 times brighter, than our sun.
Aldebaran – brightest star in the constellation Taurus the Bull – is huge! If it were in our sun’s place, its surface would extend almost to the orbit of Mercury.
Someday, the star Betelgeuse will run out of fuel, collapse under its own weight, and then rebound in a spectacular supernova explosion. Someday … but probably not soon.
Mirfak isn’t as famous as its brother star in Perseus, called Algol. But Mirfak is easier to find and can help guide you to Algol.
It’s not the most famous star in Cetus, or the brightest, although it carries the designation Alpha. But Menkar has its own claims to fame.
Hamal, also known as Alpha Arietis, is the brightest star in Aries the Ram. Learn the role this star played in defining the term First Point in Aries.
This star in the constellation Cetus varies in brightness over about 11 months. Its next brightness maximum is due in early 2017.
Almach looks like a single star to the eye and like a colorful double star through a telescope. But today we know Almach as four stars.
Achernar – also known as Alpha Eridani – is the 9th brightest star in Earth’s sky and the flattest star known.
The star Al Risha in Pisces is not bright. But – at the tip of the graceful V in Pisces – it’s very noticeable.
What’s the scariest star in all the heavens? Around Halloween, look for Algol – a star named for a demon!
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