StarDate 8/7/2014: Getting To Know The NeighborsA few of our stellar neighbors are hard to miss. Vega, which passes high overhead on August evenings, is just 25 light-years away. And Sirius, the brightest star in all the night sky, is nine light-years away.
StarDate 7/9/2014: A Glittering Test Subject In The Summer SkyOver the decades, when astronomers wanted a subject for testing new techniques for studying the stars, they frequently turned to Vega, the brightest star of Lyra, the harp.

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