"Our Star Gazer Annual '3 Cosmic Birds For Thanksgiving' Show"

Scheduled air date: 2002 Nov 18-24

The Summer Triangle asterism can still be seen after sunset in the west.  Each of the three stars that mark the points of the triangle is a member of a separate constellation that is (or once was) representative of a bird.  Deneb is part of Cygnus the Swan, Altair is part of Aquila the Eagle, and Vega is part of Lyra the Lyre (or harp).  But until modern times, the stars of Lyra were known by various civilizations as such birds as a vulture, eagle, goose and more.

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Illustrations on this page were created using TheSky Astronomy Software, an advanced desktop planetarium program designed for Windows.

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