Brightest Stars Visible From Chicago: #5

Capella

CAPELLA is the brightest star in the constellation of Auriga, the charioteer, and is number 5 on our countdown of the brightest stars visible from Chicago.

Capella in Auriga
Capella is the brightest star in the constellation Auriga, the charioteer.

Capella is a prominent feature of the winter and spring skies, and its location means that it is high above the horizon during the long nights of winter. You can still see Capella now, in June, but just barely. Look far to the right of and a little below Jupiter. Capella is setting in the northwest, an hour or so after the sun sets. Thus, if you have a low horizon and clear skies, you should be able to pick it out in the twilight.

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