The nearly Full Moon appears surrounded by stellar admirers, located among the brightest collection of the stars we see. To the Moon’s left are the Twin stars of Gemini, while Orion’s bright stars are on the right. Rising below Orion by 8 o’clock are his hunting Dogs, and well above the Moon is Capella, while Aldebaran shines well above Orion.

The Summer Triangle has survived into Winter! Its three bright stars still offer an excellent view, one third to half way up in the west, with the star nearest the horizon being Altair, setting tonight at 7:45 PM EST, Vega much brighter, close to the same height but much farther right, and Deneb, fainter, and well above Vega.

One of the brightest stars in the sky, and part of the Summer Triangle, Vega, is flickering in the northwest by dark. Vega gets its name from the German “Wega”, which came from “Al Waki”, Arabic for “the falling or swooping eagle”. It will set tonight at 9:30 PM EST.