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Venus meets Jupiter at dusk

Although Venus reaches its peak in the evening sky in early June, the highlight of the planet’s month comes when it slides 0.3° from Jupiter on June 30.
Brilliant Venus passed a few degrees to Jupiter's upper right in evening twilight March 14, 2012.
lthough June nights are the shortest of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, in 2015 they pack a powerful punch. Venus and Jupiter will top most observers’ lists by dominating the evening sky all month. Keep a watch on the two brightest planets as the weeks pass, and you’ll notice them pulling closer. The drama builds to a stunning climax when they pass within 0.3° of each other as the calendar turns from June to July.

But the thrills don’t stop there. June also features Saturn just a few weeks past its peak, Uranus and Neptune coming into sharper focus after midnight, and Mercury making a brief appearance before dawn.

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