June starts with all the visible planets either in the Sun’s glare, or visible in the early mornings, the earliest of the year. Tomorrow morning, starting shortly after 3 o’clock, the thinning Crescent Moon joins the red planet Mars, the pair lifting higher for better views near 4 o’clock, then fading in the brightening blush of morning twilight.

Early risers will catch Mars to the right of a very thin waning Crescent Moon, best viewed from 3:50 to 4:10 AM, while the much brighter Saturn looks on well to the right, about one quarter of the way up in the southeast. Saturn rises about 4 minutes earlier each night, just before midnight by the end of the month.

There might still be a hint of twilight along the west-northwest horizon by 9:30 this evening, as you look, about one quarter of the way above a low, level horizon, for a pair of stars. They rank among the brighter stars, and look so similar that you can see why they are “the Twins” – the twin stars of Gemini, representing the mythical twin brothers Pollux (on the left) and Castor (on the right).