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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.
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, a red giant, looks orange to the eye. It’s the brightest star on the northern half of Earth’s sky dome.
Thuban was the Pole Star some 5,000 years ago, when the Egyptians were building the pyramids.
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, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo, is a whirling double star. How to see it in your sky.
Find Mizar and its fainter companion star Alcor in the Big Dipper’s handle.
Cor Caroli is a binary star and the brightest star in the northern constellation Canes Venatici, the Hunting Dogs.
To glimpse Mimosa, you need to be at the latitude of New Orleans, Cairo or New Delhi. From the southern hemisphere, Mimosa is a prominent and beloved star.
You have far south on Earth’s globe to see the Southern Cross. Bluish Acrux, aka Alpha Crucis, is its brightest star.
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.
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