Brightest Stars Visible From Chicago: #4

Vega

The star VEGA, brightest in the constellation Lyra, the lyre, is number 4 on our countdown of the brightest stars visible in Chicago. Vega is one of the three stars in the so-called Summer Triangle. The other two stars were featured earlier in our countdown: Deneb and Altair. The triangle is easy to spot because all three stars are among the brightest in the sky.

Vega and the Summer Triangle
Vega is the brightest star in the Summer Triangle (earthsky.org)

Once the Sun sets, look to the eastern horizon. The brightest star you will see is Vega. In June, it will still be fairly close to the horizon, but as the summer progresses, it will rise earlier and will thus be higher in the sky at sunset. The other two stars of the triangle are below Vega, as seen in the diagram from earthsky.org above. Vega is visible all evening.

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