Stargazing Basics

Meet Vega, the Jewel of the Lyre

Meet Vega, the fifth-brightest star in the night sky and the most brilliant star in the constellation Lyra. Vega is in the prime of its life on the main sequence, but it's notable for its speedy spin and infrared-radiating debris disk.

Explore the Night with Bob King

Vega Promises, Venus Visits M35, and a Subtle Comet Shines at Morning

A familiar light shines in the east at dusk, Venus makes a pit stop at a departing star cluster, and Comet PanSTARRS (C/2016 M1) coaxes before dawn.

Astronomy Questions & Answers

How do you pronounce “Vega” and “Canis Major”?

How do you pronounce “Vega”? “Canis Major”? In 1941 the American Astronomical Society formed a committee of Samuel G. Barton, George A. Davis Jr., and Daniel J. McHugh to consult with astronomers, educators, Arabic scholars, and planetarium lecturers and come up with a list of preferred pronunciations for common star…

Astronomy & Observing News

Vega Mystery Solved; Red Dwarf Mystery Grows

Hidden in plain sight. Familiar Vega, one of the brightest stars in the sky, has just yielded up a surprising secret about its true nature.Photo by Akira Fujii. Astronomers have finally figured out the long-standing mystery of why Vega, the fifth-brightest star in the night sky, is brighter than it…

Astronomy & Observing News

Vega's Clumpy Dust May Reveal Hidden Planet

Millimeter-wavelength observations reveal that a member of the Summer Triangle may have a planet orbiting it.

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