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 Post subject: Vega
PostPosted: October 6th, 2015, 8:22 pm 
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Vega is the brightest corner of the Summer Triangle. Vega and Fomalhaut are a textbook example of absolute magnitude as they are both twenty-five light-years away.

On Wednesday the 30th at 8:40pm I looked at the Triangle and was happy to have a very good view. In addition to Vega I saw Beta Lyrae, Sulafat and Vega's "accompanying triangle" of Eltanin, Rastaban and Iota Herculis.


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 Post subject: Re: Vega
PostPosted: December 3rd, 2015, 8:33 pm 
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We're losing the Triangle for this season! Vega is always the first to set. I would look for it at least by Monday night. It's sinking fast.


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 Post subject: Re: Vega
PostPosted: January 13th, 2016, 10:01 pm 
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It's gone now. On 3 December at ~7:15pm I had to stand at the entrance to the 16OGS to have Vega above the treeline. But the Winter Hexagon is here now and it's amazing.


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 Post subject: Re: Vega
PostPosted: September 3rd, 2017, 8:09 pm 
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Vega will culminate tonight in the Baton Rouge sky at 8:49pm CDT at an altitude of eighty-two degrees. If Baton Rouge were eight-and-a-half degrees further north in latitude, Vega would pass directly through our zenith!


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