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[vee-guh, vey-] /ˈvi gə, ˈveɪ-/
Astronomy. a star of the first magnitude in the constellation Lyra.
1630-40; < Medieval Latin < Arabic (al-nasr-al-) wāqiʿ (the) falling (eagle), orig. designating the three stars Alpha, Epsilon and Zeta Lyrae


[vey-guh; Spanish be-gah] /ˈveɪ gə; Spanish ˈbɛ gɑ/
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[law-pe th e] /ˈlɔ pɛ ðɛ/ (Show IPA),
(Lope Félix de Vega Carpio) 1562–1635, Spanish dramatist and poet. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for Vega


the brightest star in the constellation Lyra and one of the most conspicuous in the N hemisphere. It is part of an optical double star having a faint companion. Distance: 25.3 light years; spectral type: A0V
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C17: from Medieval Latin, from Arabic (al nasr) al wāqi, literally: the falling (vulture), that is, the constellation Lyra


/ˈveɪɡə; Spanish ˈbeɣa/
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Word Origin and History for Vega

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."

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Vega in Science
  (vē'gə, vā'gə)   
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.
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Encyclopedia Article for Vega

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.

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