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Each week most PBS stations air Star Gazer with Jack Horkheimer, the world's first and only weekly TV series on naked-eye astronomy. The images on this page illustrate the show for the week of Monday, November 13, 2000.

A Turkey Isn't The Only Bird You'll Have For Thanksgiving

The stars of the Summer Triangle are the three brightest stars in the West on a November evening. Vega is the brightest, followed by Altair and then Deneb.

Vega, Deneb and Altair belong to three different constellations. Deneb to Cygnus the Swan, Altair to Aquila the Eagle, and Vega to Lyra the Lyre.

Before Lyra was seen as a lyre, it was usually seen as a bird. This drawing shows Lyra as an eagle carrying a lyre in its mouth. Vega is the bright star at the eagle’s beak.


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