Three major planets are well placed for viewing. This chart of Jupiter and the Moon and Sagittarius shows the changing view of the trio as the Moon moves across the sky the evenings of June 18 and 19. Jupiter and Sagittarius will remain in close proximity over the summer with Jupiter being the brightest beacon in the sky each night. Over the summer Jupiter will gradually become visible earlier and earlier in the evening. Saturn and Mars are slowly slipping into the evening glare but remain visible for a short while after sunset. Within the next month they will entirely fade from view, so catch a glimpse and enjoy the show of these two wanderers in the midst of Leo the Lion.
In 2005 I began writing a column for the San Francisco Waldorf School newsletter called "The Urban Astronomer." I started this blog in 2007 as a place to archive my articles and to offer additional insights on the night sky - even if you live in a big city. In 2008 I became an occasional guest on the KFOG Morning Show, and more recently on KALW and KGO. Archived shows are posted on the blog.