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.
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 V in Pisces – it’s very noticeable.
On (or around) Halloween, look for Algol – a star named for a demon!
The orange-colored star Mirach in the constellation Andromeda acts as your guide star to three different galaxies: M31 (Andromeda galaxy), M33 (Triangulum galaxy), and NGC 404.
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.
Alderamin – aka Alpha Cephei – is easy to spot, and it is interesting for its rapid rotation on its axis.
61 Cygni is not 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.
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 more rapidly than Earth!
Albireo is known best for the striking color contrast between its two stars, with the brighter star gold and the dimmer star blue.
Binoculars reveal Epsilon Lyrae as a double star – two stars in one. A telescope shows that each component star is also a double.
The star Skat, aka Delta Aquarii, is the third-brightest star in the constellation Aquarius the Water Bearer.
Vega is the brightest star in the constellation Lyra the Harp. That’s why it’s often called the Harp Star.
On summer nights, two famous stars down from high in the northern sky. Eltanin and Rastaban represent the fiery Eyes of the constellation Draco the Dragon.