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The Starry Skies of June
(Hover over the stars to find the constellations, click to find out more)

Corona Borealis - the Northern Crown Bootes - the Herdsman Canes Venatici - the Hunting Dogs Coma Berenices - the Hair of Bernice Virgo - the maiden Corvus - the Crow Libra - the Scales Scorpius - the Scorpion Hercules - the Hero Serpens Caput - the Head of the Serpent Ophiuchus - the Healer

Typical view 2 hours after sunset looking due South. A fist at arms length is 10 degrees across.

June is the worst time for stargazing since it has the shortest nights of the year, and around the solstice of the 21st it never gets truly dark, but at least it is usually warm! Bright Arcturus dominates the high South in the constealltion of Boötes the Herdsman. Nextdoor is the small semicircle of Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, and the upside-down kneeling figure of Hercules. He is head to head with Ophiuchus, the Healer who was actually part of the Zodiac until Julius Caesar pushed him out by creating Libra. Low down look for the baleful glare of Antares, the heart of the Scorpion. The name literally means "the rival of Mars". Sadly, from the UK, we cannot see the whole of Scorpius.