Delightful Early June Sky

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Delightful late twilight view looking SW tonight, June 11 (image via Stellarium). Click the image for a larger, full-res view

Creating a delightful late twilight setting for the casual observer, tonight’s first quarter moon is in Leo, within 5 degrees of mighty Jupiter, between Regulus, the heart of the celestial Lion and blue-white Spica in Virgo. Along with Regulus and Arcturus, Spica is part of the Spring Triangle asterism and is an evolved blue-white giant star, believed to be the star that gave Hipparchus the data that led him to discover the precession of the equinoxes.

Tonight’s South-Western twilight sky makes for a spectacular photo opportunity and offers a convenient setting for binocular or telescopic observers who can observe both objects by simply scanning east to west along the ecliptic.

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