Vega – The Brightest Star in the constellation Lyra (The Harp)
It has the Bayer designation α Lyrae (Alpha Lyrae)
The brightest star in the Summer Triangle, it shines at magnitude 0.03.
This pretty star is relatively close at only 25 light-years (7.7 pc) from the Sun, one of the most luminous stars in the Sun’s neighborhood. It is the fifth-brightest star in the night sky, and the second-brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere, after Arcturus.
Interesting fact: Vega was the northern pole star around 12,000 BC and will be so again around the year 13,727.
I just love the bright star Vega, it is so easy to see with just your eye without optical aid, but is even more beautiful in Binoculars or a telescope.
My photo doesn’t even do it justice compared to visually looking at it.
I captured this quick test shot with my TPO 12″ Newt. and ME Mount, with my stock(unmodified) Canon 6D DSLR camera, this is a single 3 minute exposure, at ISO 800, at my observatories on 06-04-2021.
Best Regards,
John Chumack