Tonight’s Sky for June 2016: Stars, Planets and Constellations


Backyard stargazers get a monthly guide to the northern hemisphere’s skywatching events with “Tonight’s Sky.” In June, look toward the constellation Hercules to find compact globular clusters of stars.

Highlights of the June sky

Evening planets
Jupiter high in the southwestern sky after sunset.
Mars and Saturn low in the southeast sky about 9:30 pm.

Constellations and Deep Sky Objects
Overhead is Bootes with its kite shape. Arcturus is the fourth brightest star in the night sky, and is part of Bootes.

Corona Borealis is a circlet of stars with a recognizable pattern high in the southeast sky about 9:30 p.m.

Hercules, including M13 star cluster, is high in the eastern sky about 10:00 p.m. M92 star cluster is nearby.

Draco is in the northeastern sky about 10:00 p.m.

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