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Brightest Stars

South to overhead late summer to autumn
Tonight | Aug 25, 2015

61 Cygni is the Flying Star

61 Cygni isn’t bright. But it moves exceptionally rapidly against the background of more distant stars. Its motion reveals its nearness to Earth.

Tonight | Aug 19, 2015

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 via astronomers John Monnier and Ming Zhao
Tonight | Aug 11, 2015

Altair is 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 more rapidly than Earth!

Photo by Tom Wildoner
Tonight | Aug 05, 2015

Albireo, beloved double star

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

Via daviddarling.info
Tonight | Jul 27, 2015

The Double Double star

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

Vega via NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Tonight | Jul 21, 2015

Star of the week: Vega, the Harp Star

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

Stars Eltanin and Rastaban, near bright star Vega
Tonight | Jul 14, 2015

Eltanin and Rastaban are the Dragon’s Eyes

On summer nights, two famous stars shine down from high in the northern sky. Eltanin and Rastaban represent the fiery Eyes of the constellation Draco the Dragon.

Shaula (l) and Lesath via Starfield Observatory
Tonight | Jul 08, 2015

Shaula and Lesath are Scorpion stinger stars

At the end of the Scorpius the Scorpion’s graceful pattern of stars, you’ll find the Stinger stars. Shaula and Lesath are noticeably bright and close together.

Antares and M4 image by stargazerbob@aol.com
Tonight | Jul 02, 2015

Antares is Heart of the Scorpion

The ruby Heart of Scorpius is the 16th brightest star in our sky and one of the most gigantic stars known.

Alphecca: brightest in C-shaped Corona Borealis.
Tonight | Jun 24, 2015

Alphecca, jewel in 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.