As darkness sets in this evening, look toward the east. There’s a bright star over there – its name is Vega, and it’s the fifth brightest star in the night sky. The name of this star comes from the middle east, and translated it means, “falling, (or “swooping,) eagle (or vulture)”. Vega and the stars around it form an ancient star pattern known as vultur cadens, which also means, “falling vulture,” although the official constellation here is Lyra, the Harp. On star charts you can sometimes see it pictured as a vulture with a harp inscribed within it. Above Vega are some fainter stars which trace out a simple letter H. The H stands for Hercules, and for his sixth labor, this mythical Greek hero fired arrows at this vulture, and also at two nearby constellations, Cygnus the Swan and Aquila the eagle, driving them away from Lake Stymphalus, where they had picked up the unfortunate habit of swooping down and attacking any unsuspecting people who wandered by.