The warm August nights are getting longer, and there is much to see. Saturn is a giant planet that is visible all night for a couple of weeks. The waning gibbous Moon also rises shortly after nightfall. A little later, Jupiter also joins Saturn and the Moon. The Last-quarter Moon will occur on Thursday at 12:36 AM EDT. In addition, the “constellation of California” Ursa Major (which rotates throughout the year but is always in the northern sky) is visible in the northern sky. The bear is on the California state flag. Many cultures have seen Ursa Major as a female bear. In the King James Bible, it is translated as Arcturus. The star Arcturus is moving down the sky as summer ends. At the start of the week, look east for the brightest planet Venus in the morning darkness. Above Venus is the constellation of Gemini.