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Technology How to Watch Venus, Castor and Pollux Line Up Tonight

21:11  11 june  2018
21:11  11 june  2018 Source:   newsweek.com

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Stargazers are in for a treat tonight , with Venus set to line up with Gemini stars Castor and Pollux . The glowing planet will dwarf the twin stars, even though Pollux is one of the brightest stars in the sky. Watch the sky in the direction of sunset shortly after our star disappears to catch Venus popping into

Venus , Castor , Pollux on June 9 to 11. Bottom line : The waning gibbous moon offers some guidance tonight , as its shines between the constellation Orion and the Gemini stars Castor and Pollux .

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Stargazers are in for a treat tonight, with Venus set to line up with Gemini stars Castor and Pollux. The glowing planet will dwarf the twin stars, even though Pollux is one of the brightest stars in the sky.

Watch the sky in the direction of sunset shortly after our star disappears to catch Venus popping into the sky, EarthSky recommended. Around dusk, Castor and Pollux will form a nearly straight line with Venus, which will set about two-and-a-half hours after the sun, Space.com reported.

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Bottom line : At nightfall on June 9, 10 and 11, 2018, notice the brightest planet Venus making a line with the Gemini stars, Castor and Pollux . Then watch for these stars heliacal setting later this month.

Venus , Castor , Pollux on June 9 to 11. How can you find them when the moon moves away? If you’re familiar with Orion the Hunter, and up around midnight, look to the north (or left) of Orion to see Castor and Pollux . This line will point to Castor and Pollux .

The Gemini stars will vanish toward the end of the month as they move into the glare of the sun. Castor and Pollux are named for twin demigods in Ancient Greek mythology. Born to Spartan queen Leda, the pair had different fathers: Zeus and Spartan king Tyndareus. The pair helped Jason and the Argonauts in their quest to collect the Golden Fleece—a mythological object representing kingship.

The brightest planet in the sky, Venus will be visible in the evening until the early autumn this year. In winter, it will appear in predawn eastern skies. a star in the background © Provided by IBT Media

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Because it can shine at night and in the morning, Ancient Greeks and Ancient Egyptians thought Venus was two separate objects. The Greeks called it “Hesperus” when it shone in the morning and “Phosphorus” when it glowed at night.

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By Bruce McClure in Tonight | January 29, 2018. Venus , Castor , Pollux on June 9 to 11. You can also use the Big Dipper to locate Castor and Pollux . Draw an imaginary line diagonally through the bowl of the Big Dipper, as shown on the sky chart above.

Venus , Castor , Pollux on June 9 to 11. For years, I’ve glanced randomly up in the north at this time of year and noticed these two stars, Eltanin and Rastaban, in Draco. Bottom line : Let your eyes and imagination drift a bit to see the entire winding shape of Draco the Dragon in the northern sky. Read more: How to find the Big Dipper.

June is an excellent time to catch other planets in the sky as well. Stargazers should be able to catch a glimpse of Saturn practically all night this month, Space.com reported. Mercury will be visibly to the lower right of Venus towards the end of the month. Mars will appear especially bright as it travels close to Earth.

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June will also see a supermoon—but not the bright, shining version you might expect. Wednesday will feature a new moon, which means you won’t see it at night. Similar to a full supermoon, our rocky satellite will travel within 90 percent of its closest approach to Earth during the new moon phase. According to EarthSky, this will be the first of three new supermoons in a row. June, July and August will all feature the phenomenon.

This month's full moon will shine brightly June 27. It will be called the "Strawberry moon" for the wild berries that begin to blossom this time of year. 

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