We're beyond the position where the asteroid was sighted, moving along what the Altair figured as its orbit.
Above him was the enormous triangle formed by Deneb, Vega, and Altair.
Altair rises about 8° north of the exact eastern point on the horizon.
Without turning he asked, "Shall I change course and go to Altair?"
Vega stood nearly straight overhead, and Deneb and Altair, the great autumnal triangle in our skies.
The middle of these is Altair, a yellowish star of the first magnitude.
The body of the eagle is Altair, and the other two stars are the wings.
Altair and Arcturus: prominent stars in the northern hemisphere.
The Navy's going to establish a new base here, and the Altair will be assigned to it.
I should say that Altair is about five degrees from each of his companions.
bright star in the constellation Aquila, 16c., from Arabic Al Nasr al Tair "the Flying Eagle," from tair, participle of tara "it flew."
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.