, °F

Personalized Forecasts

Featured Forecast

My Favorite Forecasts

    My Recent Locations

    Astronomy blog

    The Summer Triangle

    By travel
    6/25/2012, 6:54:20 AM

    One of the easiest asterisma (which is an arrangement of stars) to see in the summer sky is a constellation called the Summer Triangle.

    This asterism of stars does not have a catchy name, but it is famous as a design we see on warm, summer nights.

    There are three stars that mark the corners of the triangle. The stars are Vega, which is also part of the constellation named Lyra, the Harp; Deneb, which is also part of the constellation Cygnus, the Swan; and Altair, which is part of the constellation Aquila, the Eagle.

    It is called the Summer Triangle because summer is the time of year to best see it. Look over your head while facing east after sunset, and you should be able to find it.

    Look east and up after dark and you should see the Summer Triangle. Many thanks to Earthsky.org for this diagram.


    350x318_06231211_summer_triangle_300r

    You can leave your comments, as well as be part of a community with discussions on any astronomy subject, such as light pollution, when you join AccuWeather's Astronomy Facebook fan page by clicking here.

    We are now well over 3,600 likes on Facebook. Please tell your friends about this Facebook page and blog and have them weigh in on some exciting issues. We encourage open discussion and will never criticize any idea, and no negative conversation will be allowed. We are really trying to make this Facebook page THE place to go to for any astronomy news or discussion, and your help would be GREATLY appreciated!

    The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

    Comments

    Comments that don't add to the conversation may be automatically or manually removed by Facebook or AccuWeather. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.

    Astronomy blog