The first day of summer (summer solstice) occurs today. This is also the first day of winter in the southern hemisphere.

This month, we have two evening "stars" — Jupiter (in Virgo) and Saturn (in Ophiuchus) — and one morning "star," Venus.

The evening sky is brilliant! Overhead, we have Bootes (the herdsman), with the second brightest star in the sky, Arcturus. Nearby is the Corona Borealis (the northern crown).

Zodiacal constellations this month include Leo (the lion), Virgo (the maiden), with its brightest star, Spica, and the planet Jupiter in its midst, Libra (the scales), and rising late, Scorpius (the scorpion). Also, Ophiuchus (the serpent bearer) with Saturn in its midst.

Get out your binoculars or telescope and see how many moons of Jupiter you can spot and marvel at the "rings" of Saturn, fully open this year.

See you in July!