Saturn continues to rise a few minutes earlier each night, breaking the eastern horizon at 2 o’clock tomorrow morning, though not alone. The Moon is just hours past its Last Quarter phase, still looking half-illuminated, just to the lower left of its far-more distant cousin Saturn, some 910 million miles, compared to the Moon’s one quarter of one million miles.

Between the brightest star in the skies this evening, Arcturus, high in the south at 10:30 PM, and the second brightest, Vega, slightly lower in the east, the faint stars of Hercules offer a challenge to view. Many people look for the bowtie pattern, marking his knees to the upper left, and his shoulders to the lower right.

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.