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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.”


Aquila, the Eagle

Aquila, the Eagle May 25, 2010

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Altair is one of the three planets of the Summer Triangle

Flying Eagle July 12, 2012