Thursday, June 2, 2016

0602Y2K+16 Summer Solstice Skies

After a very cloudy and 13” rain soaked May, the sky moves into the summer constellations! We missed many nights of observing Mars and Saturn. But as we move closer to the summer solstice, we still have a chance to view bright Mars and Ringed Saturn anchored near Scorpius this month! The telescope or binoculars will bring a closer look to M13, that great globular cluster in the Keystone. Found in Hercules. The summer triangle has become more prominent, look east for stars: Altair, Vega and Deneb. Jupiter is in Leo, in the west evening sky. The summer solstice is Monday, June 20, 2016 at 5:34 PM CDT. Let’s all go out and hug a tree. El Nino may continue to bring clouds and rain this month. Rain is a good thing, for this Earth….. Let’s hope for a few clear nights.