What’s Out Tonight?

A general ASTRONOMY site to get you started exploring the night sky

 June 2024 Notes
 About 90 minutes after Sunset

Planets
None of the naked eye planets (Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are visible in the early evening. Saturn rises in the east around 1:30 AM but it is not ​conspicuously bright. Jupiter rises in the east about 1 hour before the Sun. Venus is too close to the Sun to be seen in the morning or evening.

Constellations
Close to the very top of the sky is the bright star Arcturus. It is the 4th brightest star in the whole sky. If you face north, the Big Dipper is up high with its bowl facing eastward and the curve of its handle pointing upwards and onto Arcturus. Continue that arc and it points to Spica, a fairly bright star in the southern sky.

Cygnus the Swan or Northern Cross is on its side rising in the east. Setting in the west is Leo the Lion with it backward Question Mark also on its side. Scorpius is hanging vertically in the southeast with its stinger right on the horizon.
 

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