The Big Dipper is beginning to drop a little into the northwestern skies from its position at the top of the sky in May. A legend of the Seneca Tribe tells us that the bowl of the dipper is really a bear, with the closest star to the bowl a hunter with a bow and arrow. The middle star is a hunter with a cooking pot, and the third star is another hunter, gathering firewood to cook with.

As the evening twilight is fading fast, at about 9:30 PM, low to the northwest, the thin sliver of a crescent moon appears in the arms of the Gemini Twins, where the moon will remain for a brief time until it sets, at about 11:00 PM.

Tonight, as the twilight fades in the west, the “twin stars” of Gemini are lowering toward the horizon. Pollux on the left, and Castor a bit higher and to the right, are not actually twin stars. They are not even related. Pollux is 34 light years away, while Castor is a more distant 55 light years.