Question #40 – What is the Summer Triangle?
The summer triangle is an asterism – an easily-identified pattern of stars that is not a constellation. It is prominent in the summer sky for people in the northern hemisphere. The three stars that make up the triangle are Vega, the brightest star in the constellation Lyra the Harp; Deneb, the brightest star in Cygnus the Swan; and Altair, the brightest star in Aquila the Eagle.
For more information, read "Come to Know the Summer Triangle" at EarthSky.org.
|The summer triangle is near the zenith (the point directly overhead) around 10:00 pm in early August.
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