The southern end of the Milky Way hosts a rich variety types of objects because it is the center of our galaxy, though binoculars or telescopes are needed. Looking at the red star Antares, due south at 9:45 PM, ordinary binoculars will show a fuzzy object farther right – a cluster of tens of thousands of stars.

The spacecraft New Horizons passed by Pluto and its moons on this date in 2015, sending back amazing images of a surprisingly changeable surface, covered with regions of frozen nitrogen glaciers, methane craters, and water-ice mountains, as well as a thin but extensive nitrogen-rich atmosphere.

High in the east-southeast at 10:30 are three bright stars which make up the Summer Triangle. The highest and brightest is Vega, lower and to the left is Deneb, and lowest and more toward the south is Altair. Altair comes from an Arabic word meaning the “flying or soaring eagle”.