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Evening sky in june 2016

Halfway above the nothern horizon in the constellation of Boötes, the Herdsman, we find the bright star, Arcturus, 37 light years away. It is the 4th brightest star in the night sky, classified as an orange giant which shines 113 times more brightly than our Sun and has 25 times the Sun’s diameter.The 3rd brightest star is Alpha Centauri, one of the pointers close to Crux, the Southern Cross. Alpha Centauri is a system consisting of three stars just over 4 light years away from us. The 2nd brightest star, Canopus in Carina, the Keel, can be seen low above the south-western horizon. The brightest star, Sirius in Canis Major, the big dog, sets before 9pm.

As Earth orbits around the sun, year after year the Sun appears to move along the same path against the background stars. The planets can always be found somewhere along this pat, called the ecliptic, as they all orbit the Sun in more-or-less the same plane. Jupiter can be seen with the stars of Leo, the Lion in the background, Mars is in Libra, the Scales, and Saturn in Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer.

The Moon is in the early evening sky from 5 June until 24 June. Winter solstice occurs on 21 Jun. 





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