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CURRENT SKY HIGHLIGHTS

Be VERY CAREFUL NOT TO OBSERVE SUN DIRECTLY!  INSTANT BLINDNESS CAN OCCUR!!!  Instruments can explode!!! Cease viewing before Sun actually rises 
if you're using binoculars or telescope!!!  

Hubble Space Telescope imaged Aurorae on Saturn in 2004, images two days apart and in UV band.  Aurorae on Saturn are more closely modulated by Solar Wind than aurorae on Earth and Jupiter, and persist for several days on Saturn.

PLANET and SKY INFORMATION:  (updated June 22nd, 2014)

Major Sky Events upcoming:

Planet Parade:
Mercury is currently aligned closely with Sun, will be breifly visible low in predawn eastern sky next several weeks but use extreme caution trying to search for Mercury near the Sun!

Three bright planets are strung across the Ecliptic (apparent path of Sun) from east to west across southern sky predawn for next several weeks: Venus, Saturn, and Mars, east to west, after 400 AM.

Jupiter's excellent Spring apparition is coming to a close as the giant planet sinks into the evening twilight low in the NW visible during post sunset twilight, setting by 930 PM.

Bright coppery Mars is well up in southwestern sky by twilight, brightest and orangiest dot in that part of sky, don't confuse with Mars' rival, star Antares, same color, but further toward the east.

Golden Saturn is high toward due south by darkness, don't confuse with brilliant golden star, Arcturus, which shines more toward north, higher in sky.

If you are an early riser, brilliant Venus rises in east around 400 AM just ahead of sunrise, will remain as the "morning star" for several more weeks.  The Crescent Moon slips by Venus the next several mornings, sitting directly below Venus the morning of the 24th, should be a stunning view!

Uranus and Neptune are emerging from being opposite the Sun from where we are, so are just becoming visible in wee hours if you have a telescope.

The constellations of Spring are setting in the western sky, led by Leo with its bright stars, Regulus and Denebola, and followed by Virgo with the bright blue star, Spica.

The Summer Triangle is visible in eastern sky by darkness, marked by stars Vega, Deneb, and Altair.

Galaxy M31, the Great Andromeda Galaxy, rises after sky achieves total darkness, and will be higher in the east each night.


 
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