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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

June 22, 2018

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    In a sky bathed in moonlight, you will find a brilliant star high above, due east at 11 o'clock, the steely-blue Vega. Vega owes its brilliance to a rapidly fusing core, producing 40 times more light than our Sun, while at a relatively close 25 light years away, one of the closer and brighter stars in all the sky.

  • June 23:

    Summer’s quintessential constellation, the Scorpion, continues to climb into the southeastern skies. The red star Antares, indicating his heart, is due south 11:15 PM. The head and claws stretch up and right, well in front of the Scorpion, with the body and tail drop down toward the horizon.

  • June 24:

    St. John’s Day – Midsummer’s Day – is the traditional beginning of summer. One of the features of the summer skies is a trio of bright stars known as the Summer Triangle. Look in the east as twilight fades between 9:30 and 10 o’clock. The brightest and highest of the three stars is Vega. Nearest the horizon is Altair, while the third star is found to the left, known as Deneb.

Star Charts

  • June 17, 2018 - June 23, 2018:

    The asteroid Vesta is the only asteroid visible to the unaided eye.  But a pair of binoculars or a spotty scope will help.

    The asteroid Vesta is the only asteroid visible to the unaided eye. But a pair of binoculars or a spotty scope will help.

  • June 18, 2018 - July 2, 2018:

    The asteroid Vesta will drift through the evening skies this summer, but it will get dimmer with each passing day.  The best views will be from June 18th through July 1st.  It will slip into binocular or spotting scope-only range by July 1st, but still interesting to follow through July.

    The asteroid Vesta will drift through the evening skies this summer, but it will get dimmer with each passing day. The best views will be from June 18th through July 1st. It will slip into binocular or spotting scope-only range by July 1st, but still interesting to follow through July.