Two bright stars are rising in the northeast this evening, known as the Twins, or Gemini. A close look shows they are not identical. As the pair climb higher in to the east-northeast, the whitish-blue Castor appears a little less bright than his mythical brother, Pollux, shining more of a yellowish-orange.

The Summer Triangle is slowly bidding farewell as it rests in the west-northwest, its three bright stars spanning the Milky Way, or the “Great River in the Sky” as it’s known in the Orient. Our galaxy arches from the west up to the top and then down to the eastern horizon.

Above the wide waxing Crescent Moon, Saturn shines as best it can through the Moon’s glow, while well to their lower left, the wonderfully bright star Fomalhaut appears in its usual anonymity. In spite of ranking as the 13th brightest star we can see, Fomalhaut’s far southerly track across the sky, and its lack of bright companions, leaves it in relative obscurity.