Star of the Week: Arcturus, orange star, cuts through galaxy’s disk | Brightest Stars | EarthSky


Arcturus, a red giant, looks orange to the eye. It is the brightest star on the northern half of Earth’s sky dome. Arcturus is especially noteworthy for its large proper motion, or sideways motion across our sky. Only Alpha Centauri – our sun’s nearest neighbor among the stars – has a higher proper motion among the first-magnitude, or bright, stars in the stellar neighborhood. What can the proper motion of Arcturus be telling us?

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via Star of the Week: Arcturus, orange star, cuts through galaxy’s disk | Brightest Stars | EarthSky.

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