The longest nights of the year welcome the return of Orion, rising earlier each evening, and dominating the eastern sky, often identified by his line of three “belt” stars. Extending this line to the upper right leads to the red star Aldebaran, the eye of Taurus, the Bull, while looking to the lower left, the brilliant star Sirius is rising. The Milky Way pivots, and now arches from west to east across the top of the sky. Venus has returned to the evening skies, and will see Saturn slide nearby during the second week. Mercury appears in the morning twilight to start the month, but fades quickly while a dim Mars edges slowly higher in the mornings. Jupiter is lost in the Sun’s glare.
Keep up on the latest happenings in your night sky with the Eye on the Night Sky!