"The Wonderful Cats' Eyes of Summer's Skies"

Scheduled air date: 2002 Jul 22-28


At the tail of the constellation Scorpius are two stars—Shaula and Lesath—which were also known as the Cat's Eyes in folk legend.  Shaula, the brightest as seen from Earth, is about twice the size of our Sun, and 1200 times brighter!  Lesath, while appearing fainter from Earth, is actually 12.5 times brighter than Shaula.  It appears fainter because it is over five times farther from us.
(Shown during evening hours of July and August for mid-Northern latitudes.)

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