Altair is rotating so rapidly that it is 14% larger at the equator than it is at the pole.
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What's in a Name:
|| Arabic for "Aquila".
Claim to Fame:
|| Brightest star in Aquila. One of the corners of the Summer Triangle.
|Type of Star:
|| White Subgiant
How Far Away:
||17 light years away
| How Bright:
|| Almost 100 times brighter than the Sun
Where to View:|| In the constellation Aquila the Eagle.
When to View:||July through October.|
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