Altair

Altair

[al-tair, -tahyuhr, al-tair, -tahyuhr]
noun
a first-magnitude star in the constellation Aquila.

Origin:
< Arabic (al-nasr) al-ṭā'ir (the) flying (eagle)

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Altair (ˈæltɛə)
 
n
the brightest star in the constellation Aquila. Visual magnitude: 0.77; spectral type: A7V; distance: 16.8 light years
 
[Arabic, from al the + tā'ir bird]

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Altair
bright star in the constellation Aquila, 16c., from Arabic Al Nasr al Tair "the Flying Eagle," from tair, part. of tara "it flew."
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Altair   (āl-târ', -tīr')  Pronunciation Key 
A bright white star in the constellation Aquila. Altair is a main-sequence star in the Hertzprung-Russell diagram. It is the 12th brightest star in the night sky, with an apparent magnitude of 0.77. Altair, along with Vega and Deneb, form the Summer Triangle asterism. Scientific name: Alpha Aquilae.
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