This Week’s Night Sky: See Stormy Mars and Faint Pluto
The red planet will shine high in the southern sky, while distant Pluto will skim near Sagittarius.
Coincidently, this year the moon reaches its full phase on the same date at 7:02 a.m. ET (11:02 UT). Having the full moon and June solstice on the same day has not happened in many decades. Check out our full viewer’s guide to seeing the solstice moon.
This kind of information on potentially hazardous dust storms will be valuable for any future robotic and human missions.
For earthbound Mars watchers, our neighboring world will appear to ride high in the southern sky this week. The planet will shine with a ruddy color and will be much brighter than any of its surrounding stars in the constellation Libra, the balance.
This blue-white star is Vega, the lead member of the tiny constellation