National Geographic : 1943 Jul
Hercules Bends His Mighty Bow High in the Dome of the June Heavens THE FIGURE of the giant almost straddles the zenith. To the east. in the Milky Way. flies Sagitta. the arrow shot from his bow (page 104). In the south, with his head almost touch ing that of Hercules. stands another giant. Ophiu chus. clutching Serpens (the Serpent) in his hands (page 104). Between the feet of Virgo and the claws of the Scorpion. to the south. can be seen the faint zodiacal constellation. Libra (the Scales). Jupiter and Mars are relatively inconspicuous in June. You will find them low in the sky. just north of the western horizon. Near the southern horizon, Ara (the Altar) has come into view. Ara in a sense is a duplication of Libra. which sometimes has been depicted as an altar held between the claws of the Scorpion (page 105). The 12 charts (pages 117-128) may be used to find the star positions for January to December for every year. but they show the positions of the planets only in the evening skies from July 1943 to June 1944. as the planets' positions change rapidly (pages 101. 116). The June sky shows also the appearance of the early-morning heavens for March 1 at 5:30 a.m.: March 15, 4:30 a.m.; April 1, 3:30 a.m.; April 15, 2:30 a.m.