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Last Week's Stargazing Tips

June 19: Lyra

The constellation Lyra, the harp, is easy to find because it contains Vega, one of the brightest stars in the night sky. Vega is well up in the east during mid-evening. The other stars of Lyra form a small diamond to the lower right of Vega.

June 18: Venus and the Beehive

Venus, the “evening star,” is low in the west as night falls. The Beehive star cluster is close to the upper left of Venus tonight, and even closer to the planet tomorrow night. Binoculars reveal a swarm of stars, so it’s a beautiful sight.

June 17: Little Dipper

Polaris, the North Star, marks the end of the handle of the Little Dipper. Its stars are not as bright of those of the Big Dipper. The handle arcs in the opposite direction from the Big Dipper’s, but it still looks like a dipper.

June 16: Evening Sights

The crescent Moon is low in the west early this evening, with Venus, the brilliant “evening star,” close to the lower right. The bright planet Jupiter is in the south, with the slightly fainter planet Saturn rising in the southeast.

June 15: Moon and Venus

There’s a beautiful conjunction between the Moon and the planet Venus, the “evening star,” over the next couple of nights. Venus stands above the Moon tonight, and about the same distance to the lower right of the Moon tomorrow night.

June 14: Summer Triangle

One sure sign of summer is a triangle of bright stars in the evening sky. Called the Summer Triangle, it will make a big mark in the northern half of the sky well into autumn. Look for the triangle low in the east and northeast beginning around 10 p.m.

June 13: New Moon

The Moon is new at 2:43 p.m. CDT today as it crosses the line between Earth and the Sun. It will return to view in a day or two as a thin crescent quite low in the west shortly after sunset.