Early summer is the best time of year to identify one of the easiest constellations: the Big Dipper, which is almost directly overhead each night. It goes by many names—the Drinking Gourd, as the constellation helped guide escaped slaves along the Underground Railroad; the Plough and the Wagon, honoring the Greek farmer Bootes, who is believed to have . . .
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