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Star of the week: Deneb

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.

Star of the week: Altair

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!

Star of the week: Albireo

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.

Scorpion stinger stars Shaula and Lesath

Shaula and Lesath are noticeably bright and close together.  They lie at the end of Scorpius the Scorpion’s graceful curved tail.

Antares is Heart of the Scorpion

Bright red Antares is easy to spot now. It’s the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius and represents the Scorpion’s Heart.

Alphecca, the jewel in the Northern Crown

Alphecca. Gemma. Alpha Coronae Borealis or simply Alpha Cor Bor. They’re all names for one star – the brightest star in the constellation Northern Crown.

The Guardians of the Pole

Kochab and Pherkad – 2 stars in the Little Dipper – are called Guardians of the Pole. How to find them and more.

Is Zubeneschamali green?

Although some scientists claim stars can’t look green, many stargazers will swear that Zubeneschamali proves otherwise.

Zubenelgenubi is Libra’s alpha star

It’s now Libra’s alpha star. But Zubenelgenubi is an Arabic name indicating that this star was once perceived as the Southern Claw of Scorpius the Scorpion.

Polaris is the North Star

The entire northern sky wheels around Polaris. But it’s not the brightest star in the sky. In fact, Polaris ranks only 50th in brightness.

Alpha Centauri system, closest to sun

We see this star system as a single star, but it’s really 3 stars. Of the 3, Proxima is closer to our sun than any other known star.

Arcturus cuts through galaxy’s disk

Arcturus, a red giant, looks orange to the eye. It’s the brightest star on the northern half of Earth’s sky dome.

Thuban is a former Pole Star

Thuban was the Pole Star some 5,000 years ago, when the Egyptians were building the pyramids.

Hadar is a southern pointer star

Hadar, aka Beta Centauri, joins Alpha Centauri in pointing to the Southern Cross. It’s a triple system. Two of its stars will someday become nearby supernovae.

Spica is a whirling double star

Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo, is a whirling double star. How to see it in your sky.

Mizar and Alcor, famous double star

Find Mizar and its fainter companion star Alcor in the Big Dipper’s handle.

Cor Caroli, the Heart of Charles

Cor Caroli is a binary star and the brightest star in the northern constellation Canes Venatici, the Hunting Dogs.