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Astronomer: Beautiful twilight alignment

Those enjoying Sunday's warm twilight June 17 saw a beautiful alignment in the western sky. Starting with the crescent Moon a string of star-like lights led the eye up and into the southwestern sky. Starting with the Moon and working up and to the left were the brilliant planet Venus, then the golden planet Saturn, and finally the bright star Regulus.

The alignment will continue to be visible during the next-to-last week of June but the Moon's position will change within the string. On June 18 the Moon will be seen between Venus, to its right, and Saturn, higher and to the left. On June 19 the Moon and Regulus will appear next to each other at the left end of the line with Saturn in the middle and Venus punctuating the right end.

You won't need a telescope to see this beautiful formation. Just step outside and enjoy the natural beauty of the night sky!

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