Jupiter and Saturn are both visible in the evening sky right now–look South after sunset. Jupiter will be the brighter of the two, and Saturn will be above and to the left. There are also some bright stars that will help you find your way around. Look North for the Big Dipper–it is low on the horizon. Then follow the curve of the handle away from the pan and you will see Arcturus–a very bright red star. And to the East, see if you can find the Summer Triangle, shown as dotted lines. Vega is the brightest of the three stars.

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?