On the 21st at 5:14 am, the Sun is also as high in the sky at noon as it ever gets and will appear above the horizon for 15h 41min for Ottawa. The farther north you go, the more Sun you get: Edmonton gets 17:04 and Iqaluit has 20:50 of Sun. This does not leave much time for stargazing.
The warm nights (with a sufficient dose of bug repellent) is conducive to late night strolls under the stars. The winter stars are just about gone below the western horizon and Leo is high in the west, Bootes (the ice-cream cone) is high in the south and the Summer Triangle of bright stars are rising in the east.
1 Moon at Apogee 21:13
7 1st Qtr. Moon
11 Star Arcturus on meridian at 10 pm
14 Full Moon, Moon at Perigee 19:23
16 Mercury Max. Elongation in Morning Sky
20 Last Qtr. Moon
21 Summer Solstice at 05:14, Sun enters Gemini, 16:40
28 New Moon
29 Moon at Apogee 02:08
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