The Big Dipper is in the northwestern sky in the evenings at this time of year. Once you find it up there - seven fairly bright stars that trace out the pattern of a giant saucepan in the heavens - you can use the Big Dipper to find other stars. Connect the two outer stars in its bowl together, and you can trace out a line that will point toward the North Star. Continue with the line, and it will lead you on to the constellation Cassiopeia, very low in the northeast. Now draw a curve through the stars in the handle of the Dipper, and extend that curve out to the south, flying off the handle, so to speak – and there you'll discover two more bright stars – Arcturus and Spica. Arcturus is in the constellation Bootes, a scattering of stars which some folks think looks like a kite, although personally I see an ice cream cone here, with Arcturus at the cone’s tip.