The Summer Triangle is high in the sky. Scorpio is now rising in the early evening and Sagittarius follows throughout the night which brings us a view of the center of our galaxy!
Along with Sagittarius Jupiter and Saturn make their night sky run, making this an interesting part of the sky to observe.
Comet Neowise is fading but gave us a nice show.
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NEW HORIZONS has passed Ultima Thule. Follow the progress at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/newhorizons/main/index.html
JUNO is orbiting Jupiter! Follow the NASA link below for updates on the mission:
“Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.” Socrates, Philosopher
The hottest planet is not the closest planet to the Sun. Even though Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun, it is not actually the hottest. Mercury does not have any atmosphere meaning that this planet is only hot in the daytime when it is directly facing the Sun. At this stage temperatures can rise to 425°C but at night the planet’s temperature can drop down to a freezing -180°C. Venus is the hottest planet. Its thick clouds trap the Sun’s heat causing Venus to be a sizzling 500°C all of the time!