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    Photo of star Bellatrix, with a comet sweeping near.

    Bellatrix is Orion’s 3rd-brightest star

    The bluish-white shoulder star, Bellatrix, aka Gamma Orionis, has a name that means “female warrior.” Bellatrix is one of the hottest stars you can see without optical aid.

    A faint, fuzzy galaxy located along our line of sight to a bright orange star.

    Mirach is guide star to 3 galaxies

    Mirach, a bright star in the constellation Andromeda, is often used by stargazers to locate the Andromeda Galaxy, the Triangulum Galaxy, and a galaxy known as Mirach’s Ghost (NGC 404).

    Image of bright Gamma Cephei with sparsely distributed faint stars.

    Gamma Cephei: A future Pole Star

    About two thousand years from now, Gamma Cephei, an inconspicuous star in the constellation Cepheus, will become our North Star.

    A star map showing how to find the Andromeda Galaxy from Alpheratz.

    Alpheratz belongs to Andromeda, but is part of the Great Square

    Alpheratz, the brightest star in the constellation Andromeda, can help you locate the Andromeda Galaxy, the closest large spiral galaxy to our Milky Way home galaxy.

    A star called Mira the Wonderful

    Mira, in Cetus the Whale, varies in brightness over about 11 months. In late September 2020, it might be near its peak brightness, easily bright enough to be viewed with the eye alone.

    Deneb is distant and very luminous

    When you gaze at the bright star Deneb, you’re gazing across thousands of light-years of space.

    A image of two blue-white stars shining prominently in a backdrop of fainter reddish stars.

    Meet the Scorpion’s Stinger stars, Shaula and Lesath

    The constellation Scorpius resembles a scorpion, complete with a curved tail. Two stars close together near the end of the Tail – Shaula and Lesath – represent the Scorpion’s Stinger. They’re easy to spot and fun to get to know!

    Image of a star field showing two bright stars, Epsilon Lyrae 1 and Epsilon Lyrae 2.

    Epsilon Lyrae is the famous Double Double star

    To the unaided eye, Epsilon Lyrae, in the constellation Lyra, appears as one star. But it’s actually a star system with at least five stars.

    Vega: Brilliant blue-white star in the Summer Triangle

    Vega is 1 of 3 stars in an asterism – or noticeable star pattern – called the Summer Triangle in the early evening sky.

    A single bright star, Regulus. Above it is a faint smudge of light, the dwarf galaxy Leo I.

    Meet Regulus, the Lion’s Heart

    The bright star Regulus is very prominent in the evening sky in May. It looks like a single point of light, but is really 4 stars. It’s the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion.

    Mimosa, 2nd-brightest in Southern Cross

    To see Mimosa, you need to be at the latitude of New Orleans, Hawaii, Cairo or New Delhi. From the Southern Hemisphere, Mimosa is a prominent and beloved star.

    Mizar and Alcor, famous double star

    Mizar and its fainter companion star Alcor are easy to spot in the Big Dipper’s handle.

    Image of bright star Pollux against a backdrop of fainter stars.

    Pollux: The brighter twin star

    Pollux, the brightest star in the constellation Gemini, blazes in a golden light next to its bluish-white heavenly twin, Castor, in the evening skies of the Northern Hemisphere’s spring.

    Image of bright star Castor against a backdrop of fainter stars.

    Castor is six stars in one

    The bright bluish-white star, Castor, in the constellation Gemini, appears to our eyes as a single star. But it’s actually a family of 6 stars.

    Come to know orange Arcturus in Bo?tes

    Orange Arcturus is more evolved than our sun and has swollen up to a larger size. It’s less than 37 light-years away and appears as the brightest star north of the celestial equator. The Big Dipper can help you find it.

    Procyon is the Little Dog Star

    The Dog Star, Sirius, is easy to spot because it’s the sky’s brightest star. Procyon – the other Dog Star – is near its brighter brother on the sky’s dome.

    Elnath is close to the galactic anticenter

    Elnath, the 2nd-brightest star in Taurus, is the closest bright star to the galactic anticenter – the point in space directly opposite our Milky Way’s center.

    Rigel in Orion is blue-white

    Rigel, brightest star in the easy-to-see constellation of Orion the Hunter, shines with a blue-white color. Hidden behind its brilliant classic beauty is a fascinating and complex stellar life history.

    Mirfak is Perseus’ brightest star

    Mirfak isn’t as famous as Algol, its brother star in the constellation Perseus. But Mirfak is easier to find and can help guide you to Algol.

    Sky chart showing an arrow from Orion's Belt to the star Aldebaran.

    Aldebaran is the Bull’s fiery eye

    Aldebaran – brightest star in Taurus the Bull – is easy to spot at one tip of a V-shaped pattern of stars. If this star replaced our sun, its surface would extend almost to the orbit of Mercury.