Brightest Stars Visible From Chicago: #14

Fomalhaut

FOMALHAUT is star number 14 on our countdown. For a bright star, it’s not very well known. It is the brightest star in the constellation Piscis Austrinus, the southern fish, and is sometimes known as the “lonely star of autumn.” Right now, you can’t see it at all. In the springtime, Fomalhaut is essentially behind the Sun, so when Fomalhaut is in view, it is daytime.

Fomalhaut and Piscis Austrinis
Fomalhaut, the lonely star of autumn, is the brightest star in the constellation Piscis Austrinis

Fomalhaut got its nickname because it is one of the few bright stars visible in the southern sky during autumn evenings. From the city, you won’t see any stars near it. Nevertheless, it’s easy to miss because its path in the sky keeps it fairly close to the horizon, at least at the latitude of Chicago. The farther south you travel, the higher in the sky you will be able to see Fomalhaut.

Next: The Brighter Twin

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