Altair


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Al·tair

 (ăl-tīr′, -târ′, ăl′tīr′, -târ′)
n.
A very bright, variable binary star in the constellation Aquila, approximately 15.7 light years from Earth. Altair is one of the stars that make up the Summer Triangle.

[Arabic (an-nasr) aṭ-ṭā'ir, the flying (eagle) : al-, the + ṭā'ir, flying, active participle of ṭāra, to fly; see ṭyr in Semitic roots.]

Altair

(ˈæltɛə)
n
(Astronomy) the brightest star in the constellation Aquila. Visual magnitude: 0.77; spectral type: A7V; distance: 16.8 light years
[Arabic, from al the + tā'ir bird]

Al•tair

(ˈæl tɛər, -taɪər, ælˈtɛər, -ˈtaɪər)

n.
a first-magnitude star in the constellation Aquila.
[< Arabic (al-nasr) al-ṭā'ir (the) flying (eagle)]

Al·tair

(ăl-tīr′, ăl-târ′)
A very bright star in the constellation Aquila. It is a variable binary star. See Note at Rigel.
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Noun1.Altair - double star 15.7 light years from Earth; the brightest star in the Aquila constellation
Aquila - a constellation in the Milky Way near Cygnus; contains the star Altair
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