This is the Skywatch Line for Monday and Tuesday, June 17th and 18th, written by Joe Slomka The Sun sets at 8:36 PM; night falls at 10:53. Dawn begins at 2:59 AM and ends with the Sun rising at 5:16. The sky, at Civil Dusk, hosts 3 bright planets. In the West, Mars and Mercury jointly inhabit Gemini. Mars appears 98% illuminated, 3 arc-seconds in size and shines with 1st magnitude. However, it is only 10º high. Mercury lies a half degree from Mars, is 50% lit, shines with zero magnitude and is twice Mars’ apparent size. This is Mercury’s… Continue reading
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