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Mountain Skies: Autumnal Equinox To Occur Saturday, Sept. 22

 

September 17, 2018



The Stars

The brightest star in our nighttime sky tonight is the brilliant Vega in the constellation of Lyra, the lyre (or harp). At sunset, Lyra lies almost overhead just a little to the west of Cygnus the swan described in the previous column. Vega is by far the brightest star in Lyra, but, with the naked eye, one can spot several others, four of which form the shape of a little parallelogram to the south of Vega. The lyre was a common musical instrument of the ancient Greeks. This is the lyre of Orpheus, the son of Apollo, who played it so sweetly that it enchanted all the young lad...



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