While the King and the Queen, Cepheus and Cassiopeia languish near the northern horizon, Draco, the Dragon has slithered higher into the northeast. Though his stars aren’t overly bright, look for his tail starting between the Big and Little Dippers, then curving around the Little Dipper to the right and down.

Very high in the southern skies on the next clear evening, as darkness becomes complete after 10:15 PM, a bright, pale orange beacon can easily be found, the red-giant star Arcturus. This “red” giant shines brighter and hotter than most, making its color more yellow-ish orange. Arcturus is the brightest star we see through the Summer and early Fall.

With twilight subsiding in the west and northwest after 9 o’clock, look in the west before 9 o’clock, where a slender Crescent Moon and the dazzling Venus emerge between one quarter and one third of the way up above the horizon, gradually settling lower through the evening. Above Venus shine the twin stars of Gemini.