Highlights of the June Night Sky

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Here are some of the highlights of the night sky in June:

  • 10 PM, western sky – Jupiter and Venus above the horizon after sunset, they move closer together toward the end of the month
  • 10 PM, southern sky – Saturn high over the horizon
  • 10 PM, southern sky – the constellation Boötes, known for its kite shape and for being home to the orange giant Arcturus, the fourth brightest star in the sky, and Izar, one of the finest binary stars known
  • 10 PM, southeastern sky – Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, representing the wedding crown of Ariadne and easy to find because of its distinctive circular shape
  • 10 PM, eastern sky – Hercules high over the horizon, recognizable for the Keystone asterism and known for being home to the Hercules Globular Cluster (Messier 13), one of the best known globulars in the northern sky, and another bright globular cluster, Messier 92
  • 10 PM, northeastern sky – Draco, one of the largest constellations in the sky, with the double star Nu Draconis, the faintest of the stars that mark the Dragon’s head

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