For several months, I proclaimed that we had no evening "stars."

Now, we have no morning "stars!"

The three visible planets are all in the evening. Jupiter, in Leo, is still visible all night long, and the brightest object currently visible (except for the moon). Mars, in Libra, is just past "opposition" (exactly opposite planet Earth from the sun). Saturn, in Ophiuchus (just north of Scorpio), is at opposition, and visible all night long.

This time around, Saturn's rings are wide open. Through binoculars, it's a stunning sight, looking as though it's surrounded by a halo.

A telescope is necessary to see the moons of Saturn.

Venus reaches "superior conjunction" on June 6, occulted by the sun, to rise as evening "star" in September.

We have no meteor showers this month. However, on June 20 is the summer solstice, the first day of summer (in the northern hemisphere; in the southern hemisphere, it's the first day of winter) and the longest day of the year.

Constellations visible this month include Scorpio (the scorpion), Mars, in Libra, is nearby, and both it and Antares, in Scorpio, are reddish in color though Mars is brighter. Also visible are Libra (the scales), Virgo (the maiden) — whose brightest star is Spica, part of the "arc" from the Big Dipper's "handle" through Arcturus, in Bootes — and Leo (the lion), with bright Jupiter in its midst, Ophiuchus (the serpent bearer), with Saturn in its midst, Bootes (the herdsman) and the Corona Borealis (the northern crown) overhead.

I'll be back in July.