20:00 BST on 23 June

All About Space - - Stargazer -

Con­stel­la­tion: Libra

Mag­ni­tude: -2.4


On late-June evenings Jupiter will al­ready be fairly high in the south as the sky be­gins to darken and the stars come out. Shin­ing at mag­ni­tude -2.4 it is im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous to the naked eye through­out the warm, short sum­mer nights. The al­mostf-ull Moon will drift to­wards and then past Jupiter be­tween 23 and 25 June, shin­ing di­rectly above and just over three de­grees from it af­ter dark on the 24th. Through­out the sum­mer months Jupiter will be on the far-right end of a chain of plan­ets, with quickly bright­en­ing Mars far over to its lower left and golden-hued Saturn in­be­tween.

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