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(Submitted April 04, 1998)

What are the three brightest stars in the summer sky?

The Answer

What the three brightest stars in the summer sky are depends on your location and the time of night.

However, the three prominent bright stars high overhead in the early Summer evening in the Northern temperate zones are called 'The Summer Triangle'. These are Altair, Deneb, and Vega. These form a bright triangle, with the Southernmost star (farthest from the other two) being Altair, the brightest one (to the West) being Vega, and the one to the East being Deneb.

David Palmer
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