Welcome to August. The heat is off and the evenings are turning cooler. It's time to get out and view the evening sky.

This month, we have no morning "stars," but we do have four evening "stars." Even elusive Venus has returned, although you'll have to watch carefully for it's still low in the western sky and hidden by the twilight.

More obvious are Jupiter (in Leo) and Mars and Saturn (in Ophiuchus).

Zodiac constellations include Aquarius (the water-carrier), Capricorn (the goat), Sagittarius (the archer), Scorpio (the scorpion), and Libra (the scales). Overhead are Lyra (the harp), with it's brightest star, Vega, Cygnus (the swan), and it's asterism, the Northern Cross. The Milky Way is clearly visible, too, crossing northeast to southwest, with the Northern Cross in the middle of it.

We have one meteor shower in August, the Perseids, pre-dawn on Aug. 11-13, and not washed out by the moon. The meteor showers are always named after the constellation they seem to emanate from, and the Perseids are the second best meteor shower — after the Geminids in December.

You'll hear from me again in September!