Starwatch Blog: Spot the Summer Triangle This Week | WJHL

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Starwatch Blog for the week of June 15-21, 2020


We’re observing the biggest star in our solar system for this week’s Starwatch, the sun! We are approaching the summer solstice. This gives us the longest sunsets of the year. By longest sunset, I mean the time it takes for the sun to sink completely below the horizon in the western sky.

This time of year with almost 14 hours and 40 minutes of daylight, we have the shortest time to gaze at the stars. But no worries, there is still a lot to see.

Speaking of summer, let’s spot the Summer Triangle in the eastern sky.

Stellarium

You can see this star pattern all year round, but it looks best in the summer. The pattern contains the stars Altair, Deneb and the brightest star in the eastern sky Vega.

The distance between Vega and Deneb is about the length of your hand with your arm extended. The distance between Vega and Altair is the length of a ruler at arm’s length.

If you are lucky enough to be under a very dark sky, you might even see the Milky Way between Vega and Altair!

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