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Sirius, Rigel And Jupiter Over Aspen Colorado

Sirius, Rigel And Jupiter Over Aspen Colorado January 10th 2012  

Sirius, Rigel And Jupiter Over Aspen Colorado - January 10th 2012

Looking left to right, the three brightest objects are:
#1) Sirius - Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky. With a visual apparent magnitude of −1.46, it is almost twice as bright as Canopus, the next brightest star. What the naked eye perceives as a single star is actually a binary star system, consisting of a white main sequence star, termed Sirius A, and a faint white dwarf companion, termed Sirius B. Sirius appears bright because of both its intrinsic luminosity and its proximity to Earth. At a distance of 2.6 parsecs (8.6 ly), the Sirius system is one of Earth's near neighbors; for most Northern-hemisphere observers, it is the closest star (after the Sun) that can be seen with a naked eye. From the Wikipedia page on Sirius

#2) Rigel - Rigel is the brightest star in the constellation Orion and the sixth brightest star in the sky. Rigel is the most luminous star in our local region of the Milky Way. Estimates of Rigel's distance from Earth, place its distance between 700 and 900 light-years away. Rigel is easy to spot, because its constellation Orion is so noticeable. You’ll look first for three stars in a short line. These stars mark Orion’s Belt. A line drawn downward at a right or 90-degree angle from Orion’s Belt takes you to Rigel. Rigel is a blue supergiant star, and is about 40,000 times brighter, and 70 times the width of our local star (the Sun). That means if it was where our sun is, it would take up almost a quarter of the sky! From earthsky.org

#3) Jupiter - Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest planet within the Solar System.[13] It is a gas giant with mass one-thousandth that of the Sun but is two and a half times the mass of all the other planets in our Solar System combined. Jupiter is classified as a gas giant along with Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Together, these four planets are sometimes referred to as the Jovian or outer planets. From the Wikipedia page on Jupiter


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