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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.

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 is the 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! How to see it.

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.

Epsilon Lyrae, famous 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. 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.

Antares is Heart of the Scorpion

Bright reddish Antares is easy to spot on a summer night. It is the brightest star in the fishhook-shaped constellation Scorpius the Scorpion.

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.

Kochab and Perked, guardians of north

Two noticeable stars in the Little Dipper are said to guard the north celestial pole because they circle so close to Polaris.