This hot humid weather and I do not get on at all well, I will be glad to see the back of it.
The last few evenings have been good for star gazing, not that much can be seen from the builtup area of Bristol, but as the moon has not been visible at that time, it has provided the best viewing conditions. The skies have been very clear, which is surprising with this muggy weather.
There are a few meteor storms coming up in the next few weeks, and I have seen a few ‘shooters’ which always gives me quite a thrill. I was pointing out various constellations to my partner Fliss, and was amazed that she could see the visual double companion stars of Mizar and Alcor (horse and rider), in the tail of the Great Bear (The plough handle, or the Big Dipper handle). I havent been able to see them for quite a few years, and always thought my eye-sight was better than hers.
Just a little to the left of the Plough’s handle is a large triangle of stars, with a star in the centre, (nice big equilateral), this from what I remember is Bootes, the very bright orangy star being Arcturus (I think?). Slightly to the left is an indistinct cluster, indistinct to me with my worsening eyesight apparently, through binoculars or a good set of eyes, it is possible to see a small circlet of stars, the Corona Borealis.
Here’s a Wiki page on the Corona Borealis and links to other constellations at the bottom of the page.