The Sky at the time of the 2008 Summer Solstice

Just before 5 PM on June 20th the Sun stops its journey northward, and begins the descent into winter. This, then, is the longest day in the northern hemisphere. The simulation (above) shows the position of the daytime sun among the stars and planets.

Asterisms - 1 AM on the night following the 2008 Summer Solstice Star Map - 1 AM on the night following the 2008 Summer Solstice

These are two star maps for night-time observing. Because of the long day, you will have to stay up late for twilight to end. These maps are for 1 AM on the night after the Solstice. They each show the same stars, but the patterns are different. People learning the sky usually start by identifying the asterisms on on the left map. The official constellations are on the right map.

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