THE Milky Way rises on the North-Eastern horizon and arcs right overhead before falling away towards the South-Western horizon, writes Dave Powell.

High up, Cygnus the Swan with its bright star Deneb catches the eye.

To the right is another bright star Vega in the constellation of Lyra and halfway down towards the Southern horizon is Altair, flanked by a fainter star above and below marking the constellation of Aquila.

These three stars have the unofficial title of the summer triangle.

Roughly halfway from overhead down towards the North-Western Horizon is the familiar outline of the Plough.

Follow a curved line from the end star of the Plough towards the Western-Horizon and you will locate the bright orange star Arcturus in the constellation Bootes.

From here look back in the general direction of Vega to find two other constellations, one is known as Corona Borealis - the Northern Crown - this small semi-circle of stars really does look like a crown; the second constellation can be found by moving closer towards Vega.

Hercules is a large constellation but not very bright.

However, it makes up for this by containing the two brightest Globular clusters, M13 and M92.

Globular clusters are very old massive groups of stars, bound together by gravity.

M92 for example is thought to be about 14 billion years old; they all contain several hundred thousand stars and our galaxy may have as many as 200 such clusters.

M13 is about 25,000 light years distant, while M92 lies around 30,000 light years away.

The extraordinary thing is that both can be found using binoculars.

They will only show them as “fuzzy” patches but fascinating, nevertheless.

Hopefully, we will be able to hold observing sessions soon and I will be delighted to point them out.

The planets Jupiter and Saturn can still be seen low down in the South and the Moon will be close by on September, 24.

Just a couple of days before, on September 22, autumn officially begins.

Look towards the east to view the planet Mars.

The red planet is in the constellation of Pisces and will steadily improve for its best showing next month.

The Moon will also be close to Antares, the rival of Mars, on September, 22.

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