As the shorter days give way to longer nights, the Milky Way arches from near the Teapot of Sagittarius, hosting Jupiter and Saturn in the south-southwest, through the Summer Triangle high in the southwest, then into the northeast to greet the rising star Capella. Summer’s bright star Arcturus sets in the west. Mars, meanwhile, is stunning all month, reaching its maximum brightness for the year. The early mornings also feature planets, with Mars heading into the west, while Venus climbs into the east, meeting the star Regulus, the “heart” of Leo, the Lion, to open the month on the 2nd and 3rd, between 5 and 6 AM, just before twilight.
Keep up on the latest happenings in your night sky with the Eye on the Night Sky!