Vega

Vega

[vee-guh, vey-]

Origin:
1630–40; < Medieval Latin < Arabic (al-nasr-al-) wāqiʿ (the) falling (eagle), orig. designating the three stars Alpha, Epsilon and Zeta Lyrae

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Vega

[vey-guh; Spanish be-gah] ,
noun
1.
Lope de [law-pe the] , (Lope Félix de Vega Carpio) 1562–1635, Spanish dramatist and poet.
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Vega1 (ˈviːɡə)
 
n
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
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin, from Arabic (al nasr) al wāqi, literally: the falling (vulture), that is, the constellation Lyra]

Vega2 (ˈveɪɡə, Spanish ˈbeɣa)
 
n
See Lope de Vega

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Vega
1638, bright northern star, from Arabic (Al Nasr) al Waqi translated variously as "the eagle of the desert" or "the falling vulture."
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Vega   (vē'gə, vā'gə)  Pronunciation Key 
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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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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