ANTARES is next on our countdown, at number 12. It is the brightest star in the constellation Scorpio, the scorpion. It is most commonly associated with the summer sky, so it is still a little early in the year to see it. If you stay up late—midnight or later—you will see it rise in the southeast.
Antares is a red supergiant, and its color is easy to detect with the naked eye. In fact, the name Antares comes from “rival of Mars.” Ares is the Greek name for Mars, the god of war. Mars is famously the Red Planet, and occasionally, Mars passes close to Antares. Both are obviously orange-red and are good reminders that the lights in our sky come in different colors.
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