Tonight near midnight, the bluish-white star Vega is nearly overhead, while the brilliant pale-orange Arcturus is about half way up from the horizon in the west. Between them, about two thirds of the way from Arcturus up to Vega, a bow-tie shaped pattern of stars can be found, outlining the figure of Hercules.

The second brightest star in the summer sky, Vega, appears nearly overhead at midnight. From the zenith, lower your focus into the east, still quite high, where another bright star catches your attention, Deneb, highlighting the tail feathers of the constellation Cygnus, The Swan.

Very late tonight, just before sunrise at around 3:45 AM, early risers will spot a bright star, Capella, due northeast, about one quarter of the way above the northeastern horizon. As you look well to the right, and a bit lower, the unmistakable Jupiter shines brilliantly in the gathering dawn, fading from view by 4:45 AM.