At dusk, Mercury glows near the northwestern horizon and sets about one hour after the sun. The Gemini Twins float above Mercury. The dim Beehive star cluster follows the Twins in the northwest. Ruddy Mars fades near the tail of Leo, Lion in the west. In the south Silver Saturn lies above Spica in Virgo. Corvus, Crow, flies lower in the southwest. Ruddy Mars fades near the tail of westbound Leo, Lion. Bright Arcturus, Herdsman, sparkles overhead. The Big Dipper hangs in the north. Its bowl faces Polaris, North Star. Mid-evening, huge Scorpius clears the southeastern horizon. Bright Antares, red heart, beats in the Scorpion’s torso. The Sagittarian Teapot closely follows Scorpius. Vega, in Lyra the Harp, leads the vast Summer Triangle higher in the northeast.
By 1 a.m., dim Neptune appears in Aquarius in the east. The waning moon rises about 5$45 a.m. in the east-northeast between Jupiter (above) and bright Venus (below).The Seven Sisters (Pleiades cluster) shimmer above them. Great view in binoculars! Capella guides Auriga, Charioteer, higher in the northeast. The Great Square of Pegasus nears the Zenith. The Royal Family reigns in the north. Vega leads the Summer Triangle westward. Cygnus, Swan, soars inside the Triangle. Before dawn, blue-green Uranus rises higher in the east.
New Moon at 11:02 a.m.
Summer begins at 7:09 p.m. on the Summer Solstice. The sun reaches its northernmost point from the Equator at the Tropic of Cancer.
By nightfall, Mercury floats between the young moon and the Gemini Twins in the northwest. Mars enters Virgo.