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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.
Sunset over Atlantic, from Brazil