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Summer Solstice. Sun at Solar Max – although it’s one of the most minimal maxes seen in decades. Cycles last 9- 14 years. Producing lots of eruptions right now and the downslope can produce some of the most energetic activity. NASA has started – actually stacking components this week – for December test flight of Orion crew capsule carried to 3,600 miles up by ULA Delta 4 heavy lift vehicle. It’s an unmanned drop test of the crew module, service module and launch escape system. Jupiter now sets by 9 p.m., Mars and Saturn are the main targets for evening planets. Venus is up in the east by 4am.

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