June finds the Milky Way just beginning to return to the skies in the east. The skies will be all the more dark in light of tonight’s new moon, and will feature a better view of the faint wisps of star clouds that form our view of the Milky Way. The Milky Way will climb a little higher each evening, and remains in the evening skies through the winter.

The Big Dipper is beginning to drop a little into the northwestern skies from its position at the top of the sky in May. A legend of the Seneca Tribe tells us that the bowl of the dipper is really a bear, with the closest star to the bowl a hunter with a bow and arrow. The middle star is a hunter with a cooking pot, and the third star is another hunter, gathering firewood to cook with.

As the evening twilight is fading fast, at about 9:30 PM, low to the northwest, the thin sliver of a crescent moon appears in the arms of the Gemini Twins, where the moon will remain for a brief time until it sets, at about 11:00 PM.