Summer’s best weekend: Worth looking up

Time for easy astronomy – loveliness that soothes the soul but require no charts, no knowledge. It’s right now, the next clear night.

The Moon is absent. Skies are dark and starry. All you need is a clear, open spot away from the lights of town: any meadow, cemetery, lakeside, hilltop. Figure between 9 and 10 p.m.

First look straight up. A single bright star hovers at the zenith. That’s Vega (say VEE-ga)


Most of the galaxy’s stars are nameless. Only one ten-thousandth of one percent have been identified. These mostly possess license . . .

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