Vega in The Night Sky

Information About Vega

  • Vega is the blue star located in the photo and can mainly be seen around the Spring and Summer time.
  • In the early times, Arabic traders saw the surrounding stars as part of an eagle and named the brightest one Vega (Vega means eagle in Arabic.)
  • Vega is about 25 light years away from Earth and is believed to be around 500 million years old.
  • Vega is part of a constellation known as Lyra which forms the shape of a small triangle and parallelogram.
  • Vega also makes up the “Summer Triangle” with 2 other stars, Altair and Deneb. The Summer Triangle is extremely easy to find within the night sky and can be found by following these three simple steps:
  • Step 1: Using a compass or an app, locate East and find the brightest, blueish star in this general direction. This is Vega and will help us find the other two stars.
  • Step 2: Then, look to the lower left and find another bright star (only look for bright ones as the distance may seem far apart.) Once you see this bright star, you have found Deneb.
  • Step 3: Finally, go back to Vega and look to the lower right. Here you will find another extremely bright star called Altair. If you cannot find this star, it may be easier to hold a 12 inch ruler at arms length and line one end up with Vega and the other in the lower right direction in order to get the general idea of where Altair will be located in the sky.

One of My Favorite Stars

Vega is one of my favorite stars because of its unique color and look in the night sky . It is extremely easy to identify and stands out from the rest of most stars.

Fun Fact Of The Day

Did you know that there are an estimated 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars within the universe (thats around 1 sextillion or 1 billion trillion stars) and 250 billion within our own Milky Way galaxy?

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