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Thursday, June 1, 2017

June stargazing

Keep looking up, even if everything turns to shit. There is much we do not understand.

Stargazing Summary
June offers warm nights for watching the sky but a limited amount of time to enjoy the view, with the longest days and shortest nights of the year. Even so, there is plenty to look at, with Leo diving toward the western horizon in early evening and the Summer Triangle climbing into view in the east. The triangle's leading light, Vega, is the second-brightest star visible from most of the United States on summer evenings, only a fraction fainter than Arcturus, which is high in the south at nightfall.

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Radio Program Highlights
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June 1-4: Morning light. The brilliant planet Venus stands at its farthest from the Sun in the morning sky this week, and we'll have details. We'll also talk about some colorful storms on the brilliant planet Jupiter. Join us for this and more.

June 5-11: Hot sights. The hottest objects in the universe emit most of their light at wavelengths that are invisible to the human eye. But they are visible to space telescopes. Join us for views of the ultraviolet sky and much more.

June 12-18: Second to none. Saturn may be the solar system's second-largest planet, but its brilliant beauty is second to none. Join us for tales of the ringed planet, plus the beauty of a dying star and much more.

June 19-25: Our star. After a busy period a few decades ago, the Sun is in a quiet mood these days — and it may get even quieter in the decades ahead. Join us for the variable Sun, plus an encounter between the Moon and the "morning star."

June 26-30: Fireworks. Two stars recently merged, producing a big outburst of pyrotechnics as they did so. And a similar system appears to be ready for a similar outburst in a few years. Join us for stellar fireworks and much more.

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