Jupiter now rises less than 3 hours after sunset, a gain of about 2 hours from the beginning of August. It climbs above the east-northeast horizon close to 10 o’clock, and reaches about one quarter of the way up by midnight, at which point it appears due east. It rises one half-hour early each week through the fall.

Venus is just starting an extended morning display for early risers, lasting into the beginning of 2024. Our planetary neighbor rises in the east-northeast near 4:15 AM, but is placed much better for viewing, still quite low, from 5 to 5:45 AM, when twilight begins to overwhelm it. Venus rises earlier, and climbs higher through November 1st.

The brightest star in the Summer Triangle, Vega, appears nearly overhead as the last of the twilight fades near 8:35 PM. Vega’s brilliance is due, in part, to its location just 25 light years away, and because it is the fourth brightest star within 50 light years of here.