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November 18, 1999

The lonely star that sits low in the south at 7 p.m., with no bright stars nearby, is Fomalhaut, in the constellation Piscis Austrinus, the Southern Fish. Fomalhaut (fo-mel-hote), which means "fish's mouth" in old Arabic, is the 18th brightest star in the sky. It lies 25 light years from Earth.

Source: John Mosley, Griffith Observatory

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