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Saturn & Mars in evening sky, joined by Mercury in the second half of June


Andrew Yee, astronomer
May 20, 2012 — Stargazing is a challenging activity in June, particularly in northern Canada because days are very long as Summer Solstice arrives on June 20th. At northern latitudes the sky either doesn't turn completely dark or the Sun doesn't set at all.


June 17 - Moon appears close to Jupiter offering a nice photographic opportunity
June 17 - Moon appears close to Jupiter offering a nice photographic opportunity

After sunset Saturn & Mars are visible in SW part of the sky. Saturn is higher and brighter of the two objects.

Joining Saturn & Mars later in the month is Mercury. Starting mid month it makes a fine evening appearance low above NW horizon, but only for southern half of Canada. For places north of latitude 60 deg., and that would be the southern boundary of Yukon, N.W.T. and Nunavut, Mercury appears much closer to the horizon and in the much brighter part of the twilight sky, thus making it difficult to see. 

Mercury remains visible until the first week of July.

Absent from view for a few weeks, Jupiter reappears low in the morning twilight sky in the second half of the month. Look closely to find the Pleiades star cluster above the planet. 

On June 17 a thin crescent Moon appears very close to Jupiter, and offers a nice photographic opportunity. 

By the last week of June, Venus also reappears in the sky after making the historic transit across the disk of the Sun earlier in the month. The brilliant plant appears in the same part of the sky below Jupiter. 

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