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Menkar is the Whale’s alpha star

It’s not the most famous star in Cetus the Whale, or the brightest, although it carries the designation Alpha. But Menkar has its own claims to fame.

Hamal is an ancient equinox star

Hamal is the brightest star in Aries the Ram. How to find it in your sky.

Almach is a quadruple star system

Almach looks like 1 star to the eye and like a colorful duo through a telescope. But today we know Almach as 4 stars.

Achernar is the End of the River

Achernar – aka Alpha Eridani – is the 9th brightest star in the sky and the flattest star known.

Al Risha knots Fishes of Pisces

The star Al Risha in the constellation Pisces is not bright. But – at the tip of the graceful V in Pisces – it’s very noticeable.

Algol is the Demon Star

What’s the scariest star in all the heavens? Around Halloween, look for Algol – a star named for a demon!

Mirach is guide star to three galaxies

The orange-colored star Mirach in the constellation Andromeda acts as your guide star to 3 different galaxies.

Deneb Kaitos is the Sea-Monster’s Tail

Look for Deneb Kaitos – brightest star in Cetus the Whale – highest in the sky around mid-evening.

Schedar lies at the Queen’s heart

Cassiopeia the Queen is one of the easiest-to-recognize constellations, having the shape of an M or W, Schedar is the Queen’s brightest star.

Alpheratz is part of the Great Square

Finding the star Alpheratz can help you spot the Andromeda Galaxy, the nearest large spiral galaxy to Earth.

Gamma Cephei: A future Pole Star

Gamma Cephei will someday be a Pole Star for Earth.

Fomalhaut had first visible exoplanet

How to see the star Fomalhaut in your sky and a word about Fomalhaut b, the first planet beyond our solar system visible to the eye in photographic images.

Delta Cephei is a famous variable star

Delta Cephei doubles in brightness every 5.36 days and thereby helped establish the known distance scale of our galaxy and universe.

Alpha Cephei is a rapidly rotating star

While not one of the most conspicuous stars in the night sky, Alderamin – aka Alpha Cephei – is easy to spot, and is interesting for its rapid rotation on its axis.

Deneb is distant and very luminous

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.

Altair is the bright star of the Eagle

Altair needs only 10 hours to spin once on its axis, in contrast to roughly a month for our sun. This mighty star spins on its axis faster than Earth does!

Albireo, beloved double star

Albireo is known best for the striking color contrast between its two stars – the brighter gold star and the dimmer blue star.

Epsilon Lyrae is the famous Double Double star

Binoculars reveal that Epsilon Lyrae is a double star – two stars in one. A telescope shows that each component star is also a double. The double double star!

Vega is the Harp Star

One of the prettiest stories in all skylore surrounds this star. “On the 7th night of the 7th moon … “

Eltanin and Rastaban, the Dragon’s Eyes

These two famous stars shine down from the northern sky. Eltanin and Rastaban represent the fiery Eyes of the constellation Draco the Dragon.