Four out of the five brightest stars we can see are now readily visible in the celestial dome. Of course, the sun is our brightest and closest star.
Once the sun has finally set on these early June evenings, the next brightest “star” to pop out is Venus in the Shamokin northwest sky. It doesn’t count, though, because it’s not a star – it’s a planet. The next brightest actual star is Arcturus, lighting up the southern sky, and next in line is Vega, showing off its brilliance in the high eastern sky.