The Origin of the Name "Vega"

The harbour at Nes

The local history books present different theories about the origin of the word vega:

- The verb to vega in the old Norse language meant to fight in battle, to kill
- The word means a holy place, a place to sacrifice
- Originating from the word veig meaning watery (soil). This word was used to characterize
   a marshy landscape
- Veig was also a word for strong drink, possibly beer used in religious ceremonies
- A possible origin is the noun vegr meaning the way. Vega has always been a well known
   landmark at sea
- Vegr can also be connected to nordvegr, the name of the northward course at sea

Vega, the star,
A star

is the brightest star in the constellation Lyra, and the fifth brightest star in the sky. It is the second brightest star in the Northern night sky, after Arcturus, and can often be seen near the zenith in the mid-northern latitudes during the Northern Hemisphere summer.

It is a "nearby star" at only 25.3 light years from Earth, and together with Arcturus and Sirius, one of the brightest stars in the Sun's neighbourhood. (source: Wikipedia)

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