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Altair

The brightest star of the summer constellation Aquila, the eagle. It is a main-sequence star, shining pure white, and is about 17 light-years from Earth. It forms one point of the Summer Triangle. Its name means “the flying eagle.”

Resources

Aquila, the Eagle

Aquila, the Eagle May 25, 2010

Radio Programs

Speedy Altair A close neighbor that moves fast August 27, 2020

Altair A star that’s in the prime of life August 26, 2020

Altair Painting a portrait of a star October 12, 2019

Altair Spinning up a big, young star July 17, 2016

Featured Images

Altair is one of the three planets of the Summer Triangle

Flying Eagle July 12, 2012