Hello Sky Watchers!
Welcome back, hope you had a nice Memorial Day weekend last week.
This week we will see a weaning down Moon that leads to a New Moon on Saturday the 12th.
In the evening, shortly after it turns dark, Mars appears just above the star Regulus on Monday the 7th, and on Tuesday the 8th, the planet will still be pretty close to the star as well. The contrast between the two sky objects is very evident, as Mars is reddish and Regulus appears to be a bright whitish blue.
Soon after the sun has gone down on Friday June 11th, you will find Venus as it makes a straight horizontal line in the western sky with the stars Castor and Pollux of the Gemini constellation. Venus and the two stars will be relatively close to one another for most of the week.
Look towards the eastern horizon in the evening to see the Summer Triangle start to make its appearance. Vega is the brightest of the Triangle's three stars outshining the other two, as well as anything around that part of the sky in the early night.
Jupiter comes up at around 2:00 a.m. and can be seen in the southeastern sky at dawn. The gas giant is easy to spot as it is the brightest object in that area of of the sky during the very early morning. A new meteor was seen crashing into Jupiter on June 3rd and it was actually caught on video by two amateur astronomers. The movie clip showed an actual flareup on the site of the impact. See the still photo below taken by Anthony Wesley in Australia.
Look on up and smile!
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