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The Perseus Double Cluster (Rich Richins)

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Mercury is going to be a difficult target this month. It's low in the predawn east as June begins, then moves into the Sun's glare for the rest of the month.



Venus is high and bright the morning sky throughout June. It rises around 3:30 am and shines brightly in the east until dawn.


Mars (D. Dockery)

Mars is very low in the west after sunset during June. It's all but lost in the Sun's glare.

Sky Info for June, 2017

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The image above shows the position of planets, stars and constellations on June 16th at about 10 pm MDT from Las Cruces, New Mexico.


Jupiter (D. Dockery)

Jupiter (in Virgo) continues dominates the evening sky during June. It rises well before sunset and it very well placed for observing/imaging. Transits of notice include: June 2 (double moon then double shadow), June 3 (double shadow), June 9 (double moon), June 10 (double moon), June 18 (double moon), and June 26 (double moon).


Saturn (S. Smith)

Saturn (in Sagittarius) reaches opposition on June 15, so the ringed planet will rise around sunset during June. It will be well placed for observing by 10 pm. The rings are highly inclined this year. Be sure to take a look.


Uranus and Neptune

Uranus (in Pisces) rises a 2-3 hours before sunrise during June. Neptune (in Aquarius) rises a couple of hours earlier and is visible in the west after 2 am.