"The Brightest Star of Summer, and: The Great World's Fair Fiasco"

Scheduled air date: 1998 Jun 22-28

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Arcturus—the brightest Summer-night star for the Northern Hemisphere—can be found by following an imaginary arc through the handle of the Big Dipper.  (Shown just after evening twilight for mid-Northern latitudes)

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About 35 light-years from Earth, the massive Arcturus is twenty times the diameter of our own Sun!

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