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Larry Sessions

Fomalhaut, loneliest star, near Jupiter and Saturn in 2021

Fomalhaut is known as the “lonely one” or the "solitary one" as it shines brightly in a patch of sky with no other bright stars nearby.

Use Big Dipper to find Polaris in September

Use the famous Big Dipper to find Polaris, the North Star. In September, the Big Dipper is in the northwest in the evening. But watch for it soon!

Explore the Lagoon Nebula, Messier 8

The Lagoon Nebula, or Messier 8, is a large emission nebula in the constellation Sagittarius that observers can explore with binoculars.

Why 61 Cygni is nicknamed Flying Star

Compared to other stars, 61 Cygni moves quite rapidly against the background of more distant stars, revealing its proximity to Earth.

Spica, bright beacon of Virgo, is 2 stars

Spica is a very close, scorching-hot pair of stars, whirling around one another. One may someday go supernova.

Summer Triangle star: Altair spins fast!

Altair is only 16.8 light-years from Earth, making it one of our closest stellar neighbors. It's variable in an usual way, and it spins fast!

Summer Triangle star: Deneb is distant and luminous

When you gaze at the bright star Deneb, Tail of the Swan, you’re gazing across thousands of light-years of space at one of the bright stars of the huge Summer Triangle asterism.

Summer Triangle star: Vega is bright and blue-white

There's a noticeable star pattern called the Summer Triangle in the east on July and August evenings. Its brightest star is blue-white Vega.

Ruby red Antares is the Scorpion’s Heart

Red Antares, Heart of the Scorpion in the constellation Scorpius, is a mighty star, a red supergiant.

Arcturus, brightest star of the north

Arcturus is the 4th brightest star in the sky and the brightest star north of the celestial equator. One of the easiest stars to locate due to its position off the handle of the Big Dipper, you can look for it on spring evenings in the Northern Hemisphere.