3 visible Planets grace the evening skies in June. Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Antares and Spica.
Enjoy the June solstice and the full moon as the two both fall on the same date this year: June 20, 2016.
Jupiter shines high in the southwestern sky after sunset.
Aim a telescope at the bright planet to spy its dark cloud
bands. Turn to the southeast to find Mars and Saturn hanging above
A telescope offers a better view of features on Mars and of
Saturn’s famous rings.
Antares: Red Star at the End of Its Life
June 20 – June Solstice. The June solstice occurs at 22:34 UTC. The North Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its northernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Cancer at 23.44 degrees north latitude. This is the first day of summer (summer solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of winter (winter solstice) in the Southern Hemisphere.http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astro…
June Solstice: Longest and Shortest Day of the Year
Constellations and Deep-Sky Objects
Turn your gaze upward to find four distinctive constellations.
High overhead lies Boötes, the Herdsman. Find it by looking
for its prominent kite shape, which was noted by many
Arcturus is the fourth-brightest star in the night sky.
The star Epsilon Boötis is also known as Izar. In binoculars,
Izar resolves into one of the finest double stars in the sky.
The color contrast between the stars is striking.
Just to the left of Boötes lies the Northern Crown, Corona
Borealis. This lovely circlet of stars represents the wedding
crown of Ariadne, the daughter of King Minos of Crete.
While the stars are not very bright, their pattern is easy to
The mythical strongman Hercules is also found high in the
summer night sky, wielding his mighty weapons.
The constellation is rather dim. Look for its lopsided square
of four stars, called the Keystone.
The Keystone in Hercules is the “key” to finding one of the
brightest globular star clusters in the summer night sky. The
wonderful Hercules Cluster, also known as M13, contains
about a million stars.
Outside the Keystone lies another magnificent globular cluster of stars, M92.
Globular clusters are collections of closely packed,
gravitationally bound stars.
Draco, the Dragon, winds his way through the northern sky.
The Dragon’s head is a skewed square of stars. Look for the
dimmest of the corner stars. In binoculars it resolves into two
stars, which look like a bright pair of headlights.