Altair, the brightest star in the constellation Aquila. It is the 12th brightest star in the sky, with an apparent magnitude of 0.77. Altair is about 10 times as luminous as the sun and is white in color. It is about 16 light-years from the earth. As seen from the earth, Altair has a faint star on each side of it.
Galaxies got their start nearly 14 billion years ago, with one unimaginably hot, dense and tiny pinpoint. How did we arrive at the universe's sprawling state of galactic affairs today?
A lunar land rush is the most likely thing in the world (or, rather, out of it). As private companies gaze spaceward with dollar signs in their eyes, it's time to start settling some questions about space ownership, use and management.