Vega, Alpha Lyrae, is the brightest star in Lyra constellation and the fifth brightest star in the sky. Vega is only fainter than Sirius in Canis Major, Canopus in Carina, Alpha Centauri in Centaurus, and Arcturus in Boötes constellation. It is the second brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere, with only Arcturus appearing brighter.
Here are some of the highlights of the June sky: 9:30 PM – southern sky – Mars and Saturn rise over the horizon 9:30 PM western sky – Jupiter appears above the horizon, sinks lower toward the end of the month 5 AM eastern sky – Venus appearing above the horizon before sunrise; on June … [Read more…]
The Big Dipper is one of the most easily recognizable asterisms in the night sky, found in the constellation Ursa Major, the Great Bear. The Big Dipper is well-known in many cultures and goes by many names, among them the Plough, the Great Wagon, Saptarishi, and the Saucepan. The asterism is particularly prominent in the … [Read more…]
Here are the highlights of the sky in June: 9:15 PM western sky – Venus rising above the horizon, with Mercury close by in the first half of the month 10 PM southern sky – Saturn rising after sunset, visible to the left of the bright star Spica in Virgo constellation, and moving to the … [Read more…]
HubbleSite.org has released a video with the June night sky highlights: the evening and morning planets, summer constellations, star clusters, brightest stars and a partial solar eclipse on June 1. Watch the clip below. EVENING & MORNING PLANETS Saturn – southwestern sky – 10 pm Jupiter – eastern sky – 5 am CONSTELLATIONS