We couldn’t live as close to Rigel as we live to our sun, because Rigel is nearly twice as hot – and about 40,000 times brighter – than our local star.
If Aldebaran were placed where the sun is now, its surface would extend almost to the orbit of Mercury.
Mirfak isn’t as famous as its brother star in Perseus, called Algol. But Mirfak is easier to find and can help guide you to Algol.
It’s not the most famous star in Cetus, or the brightest, although it carries the designation Alpha. But Menkar has its own claims to fame.
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.
This star in the constellation Cetus varies in brightness over about 11 months.
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.
The star Al Risha in Pisces is not bright. But – at the tip of the graceful V in Pisces – it’s very noticeable.
Look for Deneb Kaitos – brightest star in Cetus the Whale – highest in the sky around mid-evening.