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Sky Watch June/July 2021
Peter K. Lutken

A cool and wet Memorial Day to end a chilly May. Still, Cottonwood seeds are floating in the air, and the Solstice is coming on June 20th. Summer is right around the corner!

Evenings: Venus is starting to show up, low in the west as the "Evening Star." It will slowly climb higher in the next few months. Jupiter rises around 11 p.m. Saturn follows.. They'll be up most of the night by July, following Scorpio and Sagittarius!

The Summer Triangle  is in the northeast and moves straight overhead during the evening.  If you can get away from the city lights, you'll see the Milky Way running right through it down to Sagittarius, at the center of the galaxy far,far away..........

Full Moon in June is on the 24th. July's on the 23rd.

Mornings:  Jupiter  and Saturn are setting in the south/southwest now. By July, they will slowly fade into the west and we'll begin to see the Pleiades, Taurus and other stars of the Fall and Winter in the east!

At the Quarry or wherever you are:  Swifts, Swallows, and Scissortails are darting through the skies, and Hummingbirds will be here soon!

Photos are of the Blaz Memorial, east of the Chapel, at a Summer Solstice sunrise. ESD's own version of StoneHenge!! A wonderful way to learn about the skies, and remember old friends, right on campus!!

Have a great summer, get outdoors and take it in!

PKL