Although it’s not bright, 61 Cygni moves exceptionally rapidly against the background of more distant stars. Its motion reveals its nearness to Earth.
Albireo is known best for the striking color contrast between its two stars – the brighter gold star and the dimmer blue star.
These 2 famous stars shine down from the northern sky. Eltanin and Rastaban represent the fiery Eyes of the constellation Draco the Dragon.
Bright red Antares appears in the southeast sky before sunrise in late January/early February. It’s the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius and represents the Scorpion’s Heart.
Although some scientists claim stars can’t look green, many stargazers will swear that Zubeneschamali proves otherwise.
Now it’s Libra’s alpha star. But Zubenelgenubi is an Arabic name indicating that this star was once perceived as the Southern Claw of Scorpius the Scorpion.
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.
Many people think Polaris is the sky’s brightest star. In fact, Polaris ranks only 50th in brightness. Still, Polaris is famous because the entire northern sky wheels around it.
Thuban was the Pole Star some 5,000 years ago, when the Egyptians were building the pyramids.
Spica’s 2 stars orbit a common center of gravity in only 4 days. Their mutual gravity distorts each star into an egg shape, with the pointed ends facing each other.
Will you spot the moon and Jupiter?
Rippling ice and storms at Mars’ north pole