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By Jim Miller
For The Sentinel 

What's in the Sky


June brings the summer solstice and the start of summer. This year June will also bring the closest approach of the planet Jupiter, a conjunction of the planets Mercury and Mars and the first appearance this year of Saturn in the evening sky. Yes, darkness comes late, but nights are warmer, and we usually have more clear nights. A good month to enjoy the night skies!

Yes, Jupiter is becoming prominent in the evening sky. It will reach "opposition," when it is opposite the Sun in our sky, and closest to Earth-on the 10th. On the 10th it will rise at about sunset and be highest in the sky at about 1 a.m. (midnight if we were not on Daylight Savings Time). Even though it will be closest at t...

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