‘Some crafty celestial sleuthing has helped astronomers identify the “star” that inspired Lord Byron’s famous poem “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage.”
Astronomer Donald Olson, a physics professor at Texas State University, found that the star Byron describes in his poem as being next to the moon is not actually a star at all. Rather, it’s the biggest planet in the solar system: Jupiter.
These two celestial bodies will align again on several occasions this summer, and skywatchers can witness a similar twilight scene to the one that inspired Byron’s poem, according to a statement from Texas State University. [A Planet Skywatching Guide for 2017: When, Where & How to See the Planets]