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Almanac Companion Newsletter
August 23, 2011

A Cloud of Stars

August is a wonderful month for stargazing!

Did you know: All of the stars that we see in the night sky are part of the Milky Way galaxy. About 5,000 of them are near enough and bright enough to see unaided.

The soft glow of the Milky Way is the combined light of the “billions and billions” of stars in our galaxy, so far away that they can not be seen as individuals.

Get your bearings by looking to the east and finding the three brightest stars in that part of the sky. They are Deneb, Vega, and Altair, known as the Summer Triangle.

The Triangle sits astride the Milky Way. Vega and Altair are on its edges, and Deneb is right in the middle. The Milky Way arcs from left to right behind the Summer Triangle.

Learn more about the Milky Way and see the August Sky Map.

Quick Clicks

How to Find the Constellations
Find Your Way Without a Compass
Rise/set times for planets, Sun, Moon

Poetry Contest Winners

Congratulations to Gwen Murray for her poem, “Weary Traveler,” which was selected by both Almanac editors and readers. The runners-up finalists are: Dianne Capell for “The Garden Path,” Macped for “Haiku: Seasons,” Rick Kleinosky for “Beaver Seasons,” and Gary Miller for “The Fishing Hole.” Read the five winning poems! Please visit the poetry forum to enjoy over 150 more poems and share yours!

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Weary Traveler
There’s a candle burning brightly,
In the lantern by the door,
To welcome any passerby,
Though the occupants are poor.

–Gwen Murray

See the full poem on ourPoetry Winners’ Page!

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