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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

May 31, 2016

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    Although Mars is conspicuous in the southeast, another notable object sparkles a bluish-white in the east-northeast, the wonderful star Vega. Ranked as the third brightest star we can see, it is vigorously converting its hydrogen into helium (the nuclear process that causes all stars to shine), making it easily twice as hot, and 40 times brighter than our Sun.

  • June 1:

    June opens with a rich display across the southern skies. At 9:30, due south, is the bluish-white star Spica. Well to the left, and much higher beams Jupiter, and to its right, the star Regulus. To the left of Spica, Mars remains terrifically bright, accompanied by its namesake, Antares (Greek for “not Mars”), the red star below, and to its left, Saturn.

  • June 2:

    As twilight darkens late this evening between 9:30 and 10:00, there are two stars found above the western horizon, among the brighter ones in the sky. These are the Twins of Gemini, with Pollux on the left, and Castor on the right. During the rest of this month, the Twins will be slipping lower into the twilight.