Summer Triangle

Sunset over La Paz bay, Baja, Mexico

Sunset over La Paz bay, Baja, Mexico

Last night I took my dog out for a stroll right after sunset. A few clouds remained over La Paz bay after the evening’s sudden rainfall, but the sky overhead was clear. I looked up at the moon and was surprised to see a perfect triangle of stars to one side.

This triangle of stars is known as the Summer Triangle. The triangle is made up of the Vega, Deneb and Altair stars. You can use the moon to locate the large Summer Triangle through late August.

These three stars should be clearly visible with the waxing, gibbous moon tonight. Step outside between 8:30 and 9 pm and look towards the moon to view the formation.

And while you’re here, check out our new Eco Adventures area on the blog. We’ve added our Surfing Santeños feature story from the Summer issue and will be adding more great outdoor activities over the coming weeks.