Despite the September upon us there’s plenty of summer constellations playing on stage in our Shamokin nightly celestial theater. Also, since sunsets are earlier your stargazing time is expanding! Even when Autumn officially begins on the 22nd, the nocturnal summer splendor continues!

The great Jupiter-Saturn show continues. Both planets reached their minimum distances to Earth for 2021 earlier this month, but they’re still almost as close.

Mike Lynch is an amateur astronomer and retired broadcast meteorologist for WCCO Radio in Minneapolis/St. Paul. He is the author of “Stars: a Month by Month Tour of the Constellations,” published by Adventure Publications and available at bookstores and . Mike is available for private star parties. You can contact him at

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