The planet Saturn is in good view tonight. It looks like a bright star to the upper right of the Moon at nightfall. Saturn stays with the Moon as they swing across the southwest and set in the early morning.
Weekly Stargazing Tips
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Summer returns to the northern hemisphere tonight at the moment of the summer solstice. The Sun stands farthest north in the sky for the entire year at the solstice, which also brings the year’s longest days.
Antares, the bright heart of the scorpion, is close to the lower right of the Moon as night falls this evening. It stays close to the Moon as they scoot across the south during the night.
The full Moon skirts low across the south tonight. It is in view for less time than any other full Moon of the year. It is known as the Flower Moon, Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon, or Honey Moon. The official moment of full Moon is 6:32 a.m. CDT tomorrow.
Arcturus, the leading light of Bootes, the herdsman, stands high in the south as twilight turns to darkness. It is the brightest star in the sky during the evening hours, so it’s hard to miss. It shines yellow-orange.
Today is Saint John’s Day, an ancient festival date that marked midsummer in England. In many cultures, the solstice was the midpoint of a season, not the beginning. The event was celebrated with giant bonfires the night before.
Below the curved tail of Scorpius, deep in southern skies, Ara, the altar, sends its tendrils of smoke billowing into the Milky Way. Although faint, Ara has a long history. It probably originated in Sumeria about 5,500 years ago.