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Everlasting Summer

The forecast for this weekend seems intent on lulling us into believing that the summer has life in it yet, after weeks on the resuscitation table.

If we’re in the mood for deluding ourselves that there is more of this come, then the ‘Summer Triangle’ is worth looking out for. It is a collection of three bright stars that are overhead near midnight in midsummer, but still clearly visible well through autumn and even into the early evening winter sky. It is not a constellation at all, but a nickname for the three brightest stars, Vega, Deneb and Altair, from three different constellations, Lyra, Cygnus and Aquila.

So, as the nights draw in and you find yourself shivering looking up, search out the ‘Summer’ triangle to warm you.