20th June Sky Note

Summer officially begins tonight at 23:59 p.m. GMT for the northern hemisphere. The Sun is at its most northerly point along the ecliptic marking the Solstice – when the Sun ascends to its highest latitude on the celestial sphere: 23.5o. In the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the longest day and shortest night of the year.


  • Mars and Saturn are 10° apart. Look for Mars and Saturn in the west at dusk.
  • The Moon rises around midnight. The Moon is to the lower left of Jupiter.
  • Pluto is at opposition in the constellation of Sagittarius, although extremely dim at 14th magnitude.

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