α Aquilae


Alpha Aquilae, ĎAltairí, is the twelfth brightest star. It's name comes from the Arabic for Flying Eagle.

The constellation is high in the mid-summer skies, between Sagittarius and Capricornus.

Altair is the southern tip of the Summer Triangle, the most noticeable asterism in the summer skies.

The two attendants gamma Aquilae (north) and beta Aquilae (south) make this a distinctive sight: binoculars.

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