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By Jim White
For The Sentinel 

What's in the Sky



CLOSE NEIGHBORS: Mizar and Alcor in the Big Dipper.

Welcome to June-warmer weather, and the start of summer. Our nights may be shorter, with darkness coming later, but the beauty of our night skies makes the wait worthwhile.

Summer begins for us on June 20, the summer solstice. On that date, the Sun will be as far north as it gets in our sky and will be directly overhead at the Tropic of Cancer. We'll have about 15 hours and 45 minutes of daylight, with the Sun rising at about 5:15 a.m. and not setting until about 9 p.m.

Last month I mentioned that Mercury was in good position to view, late in the month. That continues in June. In fact, June 4 will be the best, when the solar system's innermost planet is at its greatest elongation from t...

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