Skywatch: Enjoy the latest sunsets of the year

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The famous Ringed Planet of Saturn reaches a milestone this week. Saturn officially reaches opposition at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

That means it'll be opposite the sun as observed from Earth. That means viewing the planet will be easier as it shines brightly in our sky. Saturn can be found in the southeastern sky shortly after sunset this week.

It'll be very close to the moon later in the week. Above is how it'll look on Friday night. Mars won't be too far off.

As we round out the last week of June look for the latest sunsets of the year. But why do we see the latest sunsets AFTER the summer solstice?

If you think of a day as a time period measured between two successive solar noons (when the sun reaches what appears to be its highest point in the sky) the day is actually longer than 24 hours this time of year.

As a result, our sunsets are a little later AFTER the solstice. According to sunrise-sunset.org the latest sunset of the year will be on Wednesday night when it dips before the horizon at 55 seconds after 9:04 p.m.

If you're out for the latest sunset of 2018 why not stay out a little later and welcome the Full Strawberry Moon. It'll arrive at 12:53 a.m. on Thursday morning.

The moon gets its name from the fact that strawberries are ripening this time of year. It's also known as the Full Honey Moon.

You can also find Venus and Mercury dancing in the evening sky this week. They'll be in the west shortly after 10 P.M. Venus will shine brightly with Mercury just below and to the right of it.

Above is how the two will look on Friday night. Happy hunting!