Mars in the June 2016 Sky – The Night Sky Guy
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Mars in the June 2016 Sky

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The Red planet is firmly embedded in the constellation Libra, the balance in the month of June 2016 and is joined by two other bright star-like objects, planet Saturn and the star Antares. Antares is a red giant located some 600 light years from Earth, while yellow-tinged Saturn is only 78 light minutes away. The chart above shows Mars in the southeastern sky a couple of hours after local sunset, at the beginning of the month, and is set for mid northern latitude locations.

Remember that both Mars and Saturn have just past opposition, meaning they are at their biggest and brightest in Earth skies now. So if you have a small telescope, by all means train it on these amazing neighboring worlds.

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