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Locating the Summer Triangle

December 28, 2010
By Aileen O'Donoghue

Summer fades to memory as smoke curls from chimneys and forests of sticks emerge from brilliant blankets of red and gold. The robins and red-winged blackbirds are long gone from our yards and meadows. Shrinking flocks of geese rise from lakes where ice now forms, circle, honk their farewells and head south. But there are three summer birds that linger well into winter in the increasingly early darkness. The constellations of Cygnus the swan, Aquila the eagle and the bright white star Vega, "swooping eagle" hover over the western horizon as night falls.



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