The summer W is located in the northeastern night sky. The wide W-shaped star pattern is the constellation Cassiopeia, the Queen.
Cassiopeia is one of those constellations that can be seen all year long because she circles the North Star. The W shape slowly transforms into an M shape by the time winter arrives and returns as a W each summer. To locate the queen, find the Big Dipper and look to the dipper's right.
Some of the brightest parts of the Milky Way run through...