An·​tar·​es an-ˈter-(ˌ)ēz How to pronounce Antares (audio)
: a giant red star of very low density that is the brightest star in Scorpius

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Recent Examples on the Web And Antares burns a reddish-orange color in the heart of Scorpio. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 21 Sep. 2023 Vega, then, is a bluish-white A-type star, Arcturus is an orange K, and Antares is a red M-type. Phil Plait, Scientific American, 25 Aug. 2023 Ukraine’s first stage for the Antares rocket is powered by Russian engines. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Aug. 2023 What is the weather forecast for the Antares launch? Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 31 July 2023 This year, the Antares bright star, which is 36.7 light years away, will appear a few degrees to the right of the moon, according to NASA. Christopher Brito, CBS News, 2 June 2023 As the lunar cycle progresses, the moon will still appear near Spica on Friday, the star Antares on April 10 and the planet Saturn on April 16. Julia Musto, Fox News, 7 Apr. 2023 Chinese inscriptions dating to 1300 B.C.E. record Antares as being red like Mars—a comparison that turns up time and time again across the Northern Hemisphere and through subsequent ages. James Riordon, Scientific American, 18 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


Greek Antarēs

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Antares was in 1588

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“Antares.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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