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Brightest Stars

Alphard.  (North Central Kansas Astronomical Society)
Tonight | Mar 09, 2014

Alphard is the Snake’s Heart

You can see Alphard – the Heart of the constellation Hydra the Water Snake – in the evening in March, April, and May.

Golden Pollux
Tonight | Mar 03, 2014

Pollux is the brighter of two Twin stars

Pollux is the brighter of two bright stars in the constellation Gemini the Twins. It is the 17th brightest star in our sky.

Castor system via Jeremy Perez
Tonight | Feb 23, 2014

Castor is six stars in one

Two stars noticeable for being bright and close together might be Castor and Pollux of the Gemini Twins constellation.

Sirius A and B
Tonight | Feb 17, 2014

Sirius is Dog Star and brightest star

Sirius – in the constellation Canis Major the Greater Dog – is the sky’s brightest star. It’s very easy to spot on winter and spring evenings.

Canopus seen from ISS
Tonight | Feb 09, 2014

Will you see Canopus?

From the southern U.S. or similar latitudes, you’ll easily find Canopus on February evenings. Look southward below brilliant Sirius.

Betelgeuse
Tonight | Jan 26, 2014

Betelgeuse will explode someday

Someday, the star Betelgeuse will run out of fuel, collapse under its own weight, and then rebound in a spectacular supernova explosion. Someday … but probably not soon.

Elnath represents the Bull's Northern Horn.  Via Urania
Tonight | Jan 22, 2014

Elnath is close to the galactic anticenter

Elnath is the second-brightest star in Taurus the Bull. It’s the closest bright star to the galactic anticenter – the point in space that lies directly opposite of the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

Capella system, via Atlas of the Universe
Tonight | Jan 12, 2014

Capella is two golden stars

We see Capella as the brightest star in the constellation Auriga the Charioteer. It is really two stars, each with a golden color similar to our sun.

Blue-white Rigel via Clark Planetarium
Tonight | Videos | Jan 05, 2014

Rigel in Orion is blue-white

We could not 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.

Aldebaran-Sun_comparison_cropped
Tonight | Dec 29, 2013

Aldebaran is the Bull’s fiery eye

If Aldebaran were placed where the sun is now, its surface would extend almost to the orbit of Mercury.