ALTAIR Picture

Altair is the brightest star in the constellation Aquila and the twelfth brightest star in the nighttime sky, at visual magnitude 0.77. Altair is at a corner of the Summer Triangle. It is an "A" type or white star located 17 light years away from Earth (about 159 trillion kilometers or 100 trillion miles), one of the closest stars visible to the naked eye.
The name "Altaïr" is Arabic for "the Flying Eagle". The spelling "Atair" is also used frequently.
It is officially known as the Second Star of the Drum at the River, (or more literally, Riverdrum II) in Chinese. However, it is more famous known as its other names: the Star of the Cowherd, (after the Cowherd in the Chinese mythology) and the Weaver Girl.
Altair is most notable for its extremely rapid rotation; by measuring the width of its spectral lines, it was determined that its equator does a complete rotation in about 6½ hours. For comparison, our Sun requires just over 25 days for a complete rotation. As a result of its rapid rotation, Altair is oblate: its equatorial diameter is at least 22 percent greater than its polar diameter. Recently, images of the surface of Altair have been captured. This is the first visual verification of gravity darkening.
Altair, along with Beta Aquilae and Gamma Aquilae, form the well-known line of stars sometimes referred to as the shaft of Aquila.

Based on Liz Tomchek's Dragon Egg script.
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