Arcturus is the brightest star in the sky north of the celestial equator. It is high in the sky in late spring and early summer so it is the first star you see after sunset. It is about 37 light years away and its diameter is about 25 times larger than our sun’s. Another name for Arcturus is “Guardian of the Bear.”

There are two easy ways to find Arcturus.  One way is first to find the Big Dipper.  The Big Dipper is part of a large constellation called Ursa Major or the Great Bear.  Now imagine a line arcing off the end of the Big Dipper’s handle.  The arcing line takes you directly to the bright star Arcturus.