Northern Sky

Northern Sky

Northern Sky: June 2017

By Deane Morrison—Minnesota Starwatch

After nightfall this month, we can compare two giants: Saturn and Jupiter. Jupiter comes out as a beacon in the southwest and sets in the west a few hours later. Trailing it is Spica, the brightest star in Virgo. Below Spica and Jupiter is the skewed, four-sided form of Corvus, the crow.

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Northern Sky: May 2017

By Deane Morrison—Minnesota Starwatch

This month, Saturn moves toward center stage, as a much speedier Earth gains on the ringed planet.

In mid-May, Saturn starts rising before midnight. It first appears low in the southeast, to the left of the red star Antares in Scorpius; by dawn Saturn and Antares have moved to Continue Reading...