August is famous for the "Summer Triangle" Deneb, Altair, and Vega. Deneb and Altair are in Cygnus, the swan, and Vega is the bright star in Lyra, the harp all very conspicuous and high overhead early. In addition, part of Cygnus (including Deneb and Altair) is the Northern Cross.


Zodiacal constellations include Scorpio (the scorpion), Sagittarius (the archer), and Aquarius (the water carrier). Saturn, still in Virgo and near Spica, is beginning to drop westward. Venus is hiding behind the Sun, Mars remains inconspicuous in the morning sky, and Jupiter rises about midnight, in Pisces (the fishes). We have one meteor shower in August, the Perseid, on August 11 through 13, in the pre-dawn hours.


"Laced" across the sky from south to north-east is one of the most glorious "bands" of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Observation with binoculars or a telescope will reveal a lot of interesting objects only faintly visible to the naked eye. Adios, until September.