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June Night Sky

June is the month of long days and short nights, and this is especially true for dark sky observing. You can look for faint objects this month, but only near the zenith within an hour or so of midnight. The planets offer better prospects. Saturn can be seen low in the south for much of the night, glowing with a steady light just above the distinctive tail of Scorpio. But Jupiter and Venus provide the main interest. Jupiter is coming to the end of its apparition this time round as it heads towards the back of the sun, and Venus is near its maximum eastern elongation. As the month begins, they...

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