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Bruce McClure

Moon near Jupiter from June 22-24

The nights of June 22, 23 and 24 are a great time to make a sure identification of Jupiter on our sky’s dome.

Solstice sun on Taurus-Gemini border

On June 21, 2018, at around 21:00 UTC, the sun moves out of Taurus the Bull and into Gemini the Twins. Note that we’re talking about the boundaries of astronomical constellations – not astrological “signs” – of the zodiac.

Circumpolar stars don’t rise or set

Circumpolar stars stay above the horizon all hours of the day, every day and every night of the year.

Summer solstice tale of 2 cities

On the June solstice, the sun will set at the same time in New York City and St. Augustine, Florida. But New York will have an hour more of daylight. How’s that happen?

The slowest sunsets happen around now

We’re talking about the number of minutes it takes for the body of the sun to sink below your western horizon. Fastest at the equinoxes, slowest at the solstices.

Moon sweeping through Leo the Lion

Spot the moon, 4 bright planets and 3 bright stars. Then use your mind’s eye to imagine the ecliptic, or sun’s path, crossing your night sky.

Moon, Mercury, Venus June 14 to 16

On June 14, 15 and 16, 2018, the young moon swings by 2 planets – brilliant Venus and fainter Mercury – in the west after sunset. How to spot ’em, here.

Earliest sunrises before summer solstice

Are you an early riser? If so – if you live in the Northern Hemisphere – you might know your earliest sunrises of the year are happening now. Southern Hemisphere? Your earliest sunsets are around now.

June new moon is a supermoon

The June 13 new moon is the 1st in a series of 3 new moon supermoons. The other 2 will fall on July 13 and August 11, 2018.

Venus, Castor, Pollux on June 9 to 11

At nightfall on June 9, 10 and 11, use Venus to find the Gemini stars, Castor and Pollux, before their heliacal setting later this month.