Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?
1638, bright northern star, the alpha of Lyra, from Arabic (Al Nasr) al Waqi translated variously as "the eagle of the desert" or "the falling vulture."
A star in the constellation Lyra and one of the five brightest stars in the night sky. It is a white main-sequence star in the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, with an apparent magnitude of 0.04. Vega, along with Altair and Deneb, form the Summer Triangle asterism. Scientific name: Alpha Lyra.
brightest star in the northern constellation Lyra and fifth brightest in the night sky, with a visual magnitude of 0.03. It is also one of the Sun's closer neighbours, at a distance of about 25 light-years. Vega's spectral type is A (white) and its luminosity class V (main sequence). It will become the northern polestar by about AD 14,000 because of the precession of the equinoxes.