Venus and Jupiter Shine After Sunset in Bitterroot
The planets Jupiter (on the left in photo) and Venus (on the right in photo) are very bright in the twilight this month.
Venus is moving across the sky faster than Jupiter because it's closer to Earth. It will close the gap to Jupiter until the night of June 30 into July 1st, when it passes by.
July 18 should be good viewing, too, when the early sliver of the moon will be next to the two planets, along with a bright star just above Jupiter. That star is Regulus.
The photo we offer today also shows off a little meteor trail above and between the two planets. Meteor showers are always good times to lose some sleep and look at the stars. The Delta Aquarids start things off on July 28 and the Perseids are expected to be a nice show August with the best nights August 12 and 13.