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Deneb and Cygnus the Swan

Deneb is the northernmost star in the Summer Triangle asterism. Its constellation Cygnus the Swan flies along the starlit trail of the Milky Way.

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Vega and its constellation Lyra

The Summer Triangle consists of three bright stars in three different constellations. The brightest is Vega in the constellation Lyra.

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Vega is the Harp Star

One of the prettiest stories in all skylore surrounds this star. “On the 7th night of the 7th moon … “

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Sun enters Cancer on July 20

You may know that the sun enters the sign Cancer every year at the June solstice. The sun enters the constellation Cancer a month later, on or near July 20.

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What’s special about a full moon?

You know it when you see it, but what makes a full moon full?

Full moonrise by Mohamed Laaifat Photographies in Normandy, France.

Full Buck Moon on July 19

We in North America won’t see the moon at the instant that it turns full at 2257 UTC (5:57 p.m. CDT). But just wait for sunset … and moonrise.

Tom Stirling in Kennebunk, Maine, calls this photo Sea of Serenity. He caught the waxing gibbous moon from his driveway on June 15, 2016.

Moon’s dark side faces Earth

Strange as it may seem, the moon’s dark side is its near side.

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Gaze toward Milky Way center on July 17

Sure, the moon’s glare will obscure our view the stars tonight. Still, a glance up at tonight’s moon is a look in direction to the center of our galaxy.

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Where’s the moon? Waxing gibbous

You might notice a waxing gibbous moon in the afternoon in the next few days. It’ll be ascending in the east as the sun is descending in the west.

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Eltanin and Rastaban, the Dragon’s Eyes

These two famous stars shine down from the northern sky. Eltanin and Rastaban represent the fiery Eyes of the constellation Draco the Dragon.