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Volume 22 -- Issue 6
Planet Watch -- June 2016

Mercury, for the first half of the month, will be visible above the eastern horizon before the Sun risest.
Venus is too close to the Sun to be seen this month as it reaches superior conjunction on the 6th.
Mars reaches opposition on June 22nd and will be rising around sunset local time and be visible all night, and setting around local time for sunrise. Mars will be the closest to the Earth this orbit as Mars comes within 0.503 AU (75,247,729 km; 46,756,771 miles).
Jupiter is visible over the southwestern horizon at sunrset, and sets around midnight local time.
Saturn reaches opposition on the 3rd and will be rising around sunset local time, and will be visible the rest of the night hours.