Canopus is sky’s second-brightest star and easy to spot on February evenings, if …
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.
Second-brightest star in Taurus the Bull and closest bright star to the galactic anticenter – the point in space that lies directly opposite of our Milky Way’s center.
We see Capella as the brightest star in the constellation Auriga the Charioteer. It is really two stars, each with a golden color similar to our sun.
We couldn’t live as close to Rigel as we live to our sun, because Rigel is nearly twice as hot – and about 40,000 times brighter – than our local star.
If Aldebaran were placed where the sun is now, its surface would extend almost to the orbit of Mercury.
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.
The star 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.
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.
The star Al Risha in Pisces is not bright. But – at the tip of the graceful V in Pisces – it’s very noticeable.
Look for Deneb Kaitos – brightest star in Cetus the Whale – highest in the sky around mid-evening.
For much of the Northern Hemisphere, on clear nights you can always see the brightest star in the constellation Cassiopeia.
Come to know this star and be one step further along the path of finding the Andromeda galaxy.
Gamma Cephei (aka Errai) is a binary star system with at least one planet. It’ll someday be a North Star for Earth.
Fomalhaut is sometimes called the Loneliest Star. Its planet Fomalhaut b was the first beyond our solar system to be visible to the human eye.
Delta Cephei doubles in brightness every 5.36 days. This star and others like it have helped establish the known scale of our galaxy and universe.
Cepheus the King is not a very conspicuous constellation and has only one relatively bright star, Alderamin – aka Alpha Cephei. This star rotates rapidly!
61 Cygni isn’t bright. But it moves exceptionally rapidly against the background of more distant stars. Its motion reveals its nearness to Earth.
Deneb is one of the most distant stars you will see with your eye alone. That’s because it’s one of the most luminous stars in the Milky Way galaxy.