Evenings arrive late, though the days do get a little shorter. The southern skies are busy this month, with the red star Antares marking the “heart” of the Scorpion, with claws stretching to the west, and its tail right along the horizon. To its left is Jupiter, while farther left, to the upper left of the “teapot” in Sagittarius, Saturn appears to be floating in the river of light we call the Milky Way. Climbing higher in the east, the Milky Way is surrounded by three bright stars forming the Summer Triangle, seen overhead by midnight. The Big Dipper sits high in the northwest, looking like its British name, “the Plough”. Mars, Mercury, and Venus are all lost in the Sun’s glare.
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