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Larry Sessions

Vega is the Harp Star

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

Antares is Heart of the Scorpion

Bright red Antares is easy to spot now. It’s the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius and represents the Scorpion’s Heart.

The enduring mystique of Barnard’s Star

Sometimes called Barnard’s Runaway Star, it’s one of the best known stars in the history of astronomy and in popular culture.

10 space objects to see daytime

A rundown of the top 10 space objects you can see – under the right conditions – during the day.

The Guardians of the Pole

Kochab and Pherkad – 2 stars in the Little Dipper – are called Guardians of the Pole. How to find them and more.

Cottonwood trees and the snows of June

Cottonwood trees in the American West are a nuisance to some and a treasure to others. They yield shade, beautiful foliage and, in June, a kind of warm, fluffy “snow.”

Alpha Centauri system, closest to sun

We see this star system as a single star, but it’s really 3 stars. Of the 3, Proxima is closer to our sun than any other known star.

Arcturus cuts through galaxy’s disk

Arcturus, a red giant, looks orange to the eye. It’s the brightest star on the northern half of Earth’s sky dome.

Hadar is a southern pointer star

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.

Leo loses his tail. We gain a constellation

The constellation Leo once had a tail, a clump of faint stars. Now these same stars are known as Coma Berenices, the hair of a queen.