Mountain Skies: Four Planets Before Midnight This Month


Last updated 6/3/2019 at 3:47pm

The Stars

An early evening in June is sometimes referred to as “The Arcturus Hour.” One can find this brilliant ginger-colored star by using the handle of the Big Dipper. Following the arc of the handle, we come to Arcturus (and extending the arc farther, we encounter the bright white star Spica in Virgo). Arcturus is the brightest star in the constellation of Boötes, the herdsman, and marks one of the knees of this giant in the sky. At this time of year in the early evening, Boötes appears to be lying on his back as he rises in the east. To the north of Arcturus are two stars t...

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