Astronomy Minute: June 2020

By Russ Hanson

Venus: It is sinking into the glare of the setting sun. But, by the end of the month, it will have crossed the face of the sun and will start preceding it in the morning sky.

Saturn and Jupiter: They are racing out so far in front of the sunrise that they will start to appear over the southeast horizon by mid-late evening as June wears on. They will come out a little earlier each evening.  Keep an eye on their relative positions.

Wishes: If you like to wish upon a star in the early evening, you can do so safely in mid-June. You won’t be deceived by any planets. The brightest star in the sky, Sirius, will be visible in the western sky. But it will soon be following the constellation Orion into the glare of the sun. That means the solstice is near. Summer begins June 20th!