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Friday, July 28, 2017

What is the Apparent Magnitude of Vulpecula's Brightest Star?

Apparent magnitude refers to the amount of a star's brightness as seen from a stargazer's eyes, without the aid of binoculars or a telescope. Lower numbers (including negatives) indicate brighter stars.

VULPECULA the Fox is one of the dimmest constellations, being difficult for amateur and more-experienced stargazers to spot. Vulpecula's brightest star is no exception! Alpha (α) Vulpeculae is one of the dimmest Alpha stars in all constellations. According to the WolframAlpha scientific search engine, the apparent magnitude of α Vulpeculae is 4.44 but may reach up to 4.40.

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The background has three Hubble Space Telescope images, which are accessible at this Hubble webpage:

— LH 95 is a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, Dorado constellation.

— Ant Nebula (also called Menzel 3) is an aptly-named planetary nebula located in the constellation Norma.
— Egg Nebula (also called CL 2688) is a protoplanetary nebula in the constellation Cygnus.

HubbleSite Image Links: LH 95, Ant Nebula, and Egg Nebula