At least four bright objects will greet you after sunset: Arcturus and Venus in the West, just above the setting Sun; Vega almost straight overhead: and Jupiter in the East. Contrast the color of Venus (yellow), Arcturus (red), and Vega (blue).

If you spot Jupiter, you’ll certainly be able to find Saturn, to the upper right.

Vega makes up one point of the Summer Triangle. See if you can find the other two points of the triangle using the skymap below.

Here is a list of things you should be able to see in Fall with just ordinary binoculars (7 x 35).

You can use this diagram as a guide. It can be downloaded at skymaps.com. The orientation for the map is set for South, with the middle of the circle representing straight overhead. Turn the map upside down when looking North.

The larger the blob on the map, the brighter the object will appear in the sky–note the magnitude legend at the bottom right of the map. Contrary to intuition, the higher the magnitude number, the dimmer the object appears.

ISS (International Space Station passes)

Will the ISS make a pass over Richmond tonight?