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.

Looking due south at 10:00 PM this evening, you will find the red star Antares, the brightest star in the summer constellation, Scorpius, the Scorpion. Antares is usually considered the “heart” of the Scorpion. Note the general shape of this constellation is an “S”, a clue to remembering that you can S-ee the S-corpion in the S-outh in the S-ummer.