June 7, 2014 12:00 AM

Southern Cross Stargazer for June 8-14, 2014

At dusk Mercury lingers on the west-northwestern horizon and will follow the setting sun. Jupiter and its satellite moons lie below the Gemini Twins, Castor and Pollux, in the northwest. Aim binoculars to the dim Beehive star cluster to the left of the Twins. Procyon, Orion’s Little Dog, snoozes low in the west. Capella steers Auriga, the Charioteer, toward the northwestern horizon. Leo, the Lion, strides into the west. The Big Dipper edges toward the northwest. Its bowl faces downward toward Polaris, the North Star. Bright Arcturus, the Herdsman, sparkles overhead beyond the tip of the Big Dipper’s handle. The stellar necklace, Corona Borealis, shimmers near the east side of Arcturus. Corvus, the Crow, flies across the southwest.

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