While Mars visits the Beehive cluster of stars to the upper left of Venus, Venus has formed an alignment with the pair of stars to its right, the Twins of Gemini, Pollux on the left, and Castor on the right. Venus is just starting slip lower, but the Twins are sinking more quickly, the result of the Earth’s orbit constantly shifting our nightly view.

June’s Full “Strawberry” Moon might not be red, but its companion this evening certainly is. The reddish-colored star Antares appears just to the right of the Moon as darkness follows the twilight by 10 o’clock, climbing into the southeast, but not climbing very high. June’s Full Moon, opposite from the Sun, travels low over the southern horizon tonight.

Just as darkness settles in by 10 o’clock, and before the light of the nearly Full Moon washes across the sky by 10:30, look due north, where Polaris, the North Star is exactly north, and half way up in the skies. Now look above it, where a pair of medium bright stars represent “north stars” from a bygone era. The brighter of the two is Kochab, the lesser Pherkad, called the “guardians of the Pole Star