Pollux
Stars

Star Facts: Pollux

April 26, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Pollux is the brightest star in the constellation Gemini, and the 17th brightest in the entire night sky. However, contrary to convention, Pollux bears the designation Beta Geminorum, which by rights should apply to Castor […]

Regulus Star
Stars

Star Facts: Regulus

April 19, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Regulus (Alpha Leonis), meaning “Prince” or “Little King” in Latin, is the brightest star in the constellation Leo, and the 21st brightest star in the entire sky. It is actually a four star system made […]

Altair Star
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Star Facts: Altair

April 18, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Altair (Alpha Aquilae) is the brightest star in the constellation Aquila, and the 12th most luminous in the entire night sky. Although the star has been in the human consciousness since ancient Babylonian and Sumerian […]

Aldebaran Star
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Star Facts: Aldebaran

April 12, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Aldebaran (Alpha Tauri) is the brightest star in the constellation Taurus, and the 14th most luminous star in the entire night sky. Although it is relatively close to Earth, the Pioneer 10 space probe currently […]

Helios the sun god
Astronomy History

Who Discovered the Sun is a Star?

March 9, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Introduction In ancient Greece during the 7th century BC, scientists like Thales of Miletus (624-546 BC) started to realize that the Sun was not the deity Helios (Apollo) driving his chariot around the Earth, but […]

Star Magnitudes
FAQs

What are Star Magnitudes?

February 28, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

In astronomy, the magnitude of a star refers to its measure of brightness, and while absolute magnitude relates to the star’s intrinsic brightness, apparent magnitude, on the other hand, is a way of measuring how […]

Star Facts: Spica
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Star Facts: Spica

May 12, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Spica (Alpha Virginis) is a blue-white giant star located around 260 light years away in the constellation of Virgo. This 1st magnitude star is the 15th brightest in the entire night sky, and derives its […]

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