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When you're navigating the congested streets of Indianapolis, finding efficient and reliable transportation is easier said than done. With its maze of tiny roads, limited parking, and awful traffic, getting around the city is more time-consuming and stressful than it is relaxing. That's where a limo service in Edinburgh, IN, can rescue you quickly by providing a hassle-free, superior way to travel in comfort and style. Whether you're a local resident or a visitor, hiring a knowledgeable chauffeur for your transportation needs in Indianapolis isn't just fun - it's smart and savvy. And when you need the very best car service in The Crossroads of America, look no further than LSG International.

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LSG International takes great pride in our team of highly skilled and professional chauffeurs. We are confident in their abilities to provide exceptional customer service, as they are not only experienced motorists but also friendly and attentive hosts. With their extensive knowledge of Indianapolis' roads and traffic patterns, you can rest assured that you will arrive at your destination safely, comfortably, and on time. Our chauffeurs prioritize your satisfaction, and we are confident that you will enjoy a seamless travel experience from start to finish with LSG International.

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At LSG International, we understand that traveling with a group is about more than just getting from point A to point B - it's about fun experiences and making memories that will last a lifetime. Our fleet of impeccably maintained vehicles offers a wide selection of luxury options to suit any occasion or group size. From sleek sedans and spacious SUVs to stylish stretch limousines, we have the perfect vehicle to ensure your group travels in absolute comfort and style.

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At LSG International, we understand that no two group travel experiences are the same. That's why we provide customized chauffeur services that can be tailored to your needs. Whether it's transportation for a corporate event, a corporate event near Indianapolis, a wedding party, or just a ride to the airport, our team will work hard to exceed your needs. We take care of everything from coordinating multiple pickups and drop-offs to accommodating special requests. Our goal is to ensure a hassle-free and memorable experience for your group by going the extra mile to ensure your comfort and convenience.

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Have you ever used a popular rideshare app with high hopes, only to find that your driver was late and didn't care about missing your pickup time? Unfortunately, this happens all too often. You won't ever have to worry about unprofessional experiences when you book with LSG International. Our drivers understand that you have places to be and that you've got to be there on time. With our advanced dispatch and tracking resources, we monitor traffic conditions and adjust our routes on the fly to ensure you reach your destination on time and without stress.

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In the past, most limo driving services required you to book over the phone. In fact, most drivers will tell you that 90% of limousine reservations are still made over the phone. However, many limo services, like LSG International, now take reservations online. The process is pretty simple.

Simply head over to our website and check out our fleet online. Put in your preferred date range so you can see our schedule and fleet availability. Be sure to let us know how many people will be in your party, how long you'll need your limo service, and what type of event we'll be driving you to. Once you settle on a vehicle, date range, pick-up location, and drop-off location, you're ready for a free quote. Provide all the details necessary, and before you know it, one of our experienced drivers will be picking you and your group up on time.

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1. Vehicle Quality

Have you ever booked a car on a rideshare app thinking you'd be riding in style, only to find out you're riding in a tin can with wheels? When using a ridesharing service, there's always some uncertainty regarding the type of car you'll get. It could be a small, dirty vehicle that doesn't fit your needs. Some ridesharing companies offer luxury options, but there's no guarantee that the car provided will actually be luxurious. However, if you're looking for a stylish ride, a limo service may be the way to go. With a limo service, you have the freedom to choose your own vehicle, and you can rest assured that it will be clean and meet your expectations.

2. Fluctuating Price

One of the most frustrating aspects of using ridesharing apps is that their pricing is unreliable. The cost of a ride usually depends on the availability of drivers and the demand for rides at a certain time. If there are fewer drivers available than there are people who need rides, the prices may increase. However, this is not the case with limousine services from LSG International. When you book a limo service online, the price you are quoted is the price you will pay. No sneaky upcharges. No fluctuating rates. That means that you will always know the exact cost of your ride ahead of time and can plan accordingly.

3. Boring Experiences

Let's face it - the random Honda Civic that picks you up on the ridesharing app can't compare to a quality stretch limousine, luxury SUV, or party bus provided by LSG International. Booking a limo or luxury car driving service can add a touch of class that you won't get with a stranger's car, even if you're just hitting the town with your spouse. If you're looking to make the event extra special, then opting for a limo service is the way to go.

Limo Service Pricing

When it comes to choosing a chauffeured service, price is always an important factor to consider. It's a good idea to compare prices and get an idea of what is a reasonable price to pay. However, keep in mind that the cheapest price may not always be the best value. In fact, it's possible that the cheapest service may end up being disappointing. Always remember the saying, "Price is what you should pay; value is what you should get. "So, don't compromise on quality for the sake of a lower price.

Whether you're renting a limo or a party bus for a wedding or a major event, it's important to find a reliable and trustworthy service provider that can offer you the best value for your money. At LSG International, we take the guesswork out of pricing by offering online quotes, which you can get in just a couple of minutes.

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Personal Referrals and Online Reviews

As you probably know, the internet is the go-to source for information - not just on people, but businesses, too. If you've ever used Yelp or Google to see online reviews, you know what we're talking about. Around 90%of people check out online reviews before making a purchase or visiting a business, and you should, too. A reputable limo service company with loyal customers usually has great reviews. However, you may also come across reviews that mention issues. This is an excellent way to gain a variety of perspectives. Don't forget to check out how the company responds to their reviewers.

In addition to online reviews, you can also ask friends and family members for limo rental referrals. If a relative or close friend has used a specific company for many years, chances are they're a good choice.

Car Service Rental Fleet

A reliable car service company should have a diverse and extensive fleet with different amenities and features to offer. It is important to note that their fleet should have options for accommodating different size groups of passengers.

As everyone's needs and preferences vary when it comes to using a limo rental service, it is essential to communicate the number of passengers you will have to the company. This will enable them to provide you with the most suitable options for your situation. They have cars that can accommodate two to three passengers and larger coach buses that can accommodate dozens.

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Insurance Coverage

This might sound like a no-brainer, but any limo service company worth your money should have the appropriate car insurance and licensing. Don't ever book a party bus or a trip to the airport with a company that doesn't have the right insurance. Personal auto policies Personal auto policies won't cut it - you don't want to be held responsible if there's any sort of mishap on the road. At LSG International, all of our drivers are licensed, and our company maintains the proper car insurance to cover every vehicle in our fleet.

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Shakespeare Martineau expands in Edinburgh

Law firm Shakespeare Martineau has expanded its footprint in Edinburgh after taking additional space to accommodate its growing team.The law firm, which has an established heritage across England, launched in Glasgow in 2020 with the appointment of dual-qualified real estate partner Amal Kaur. Since then, the firm has laid Scottish roots within a permanent space in Queen Street, Edinburgh, and taken on a further nine legal professionals.Now a team of 10, the Scottish practice grew in revenue by 142% in the last financial year, ...

Law firm Shakespeare Martineau has expanded its footprint in Edinburgh after taking additional space to accommodate its growing team.

The law firm, which has an established heritage across England, launched in Glasgow in 2020 with the appointment of dual-qualified real estate partner Amal Kaur. Since then, the firm has laid Scottish roots within a permanent space in Queen Street, Edinburgh, and taken on a further nine legal professionals.

Now a team of 10, the Scottish practice grew in revenue by 142% in the last financial year, and local service lines now include corporate, banking, litigation, commercial and data protection, and real estate. The firm is also the only Scottish practice to be part of Multilaw, a global network of law firms.

Head of the Scottish practice Amal Kaur said: “We originally set up the practice in response to growing client demand and it’s grown 10-fold because our clients benefit from on-the-ground experts, who are backed by a 1,200-strong team of professionals across 10 other hubs in the UK.

“Our dual-qualified team members are proving incredibly useful to clients working both North and South the border, and for those wanting to expand across countries; even we were surprised by how quickly our client base grew when we first set up.”

Recent appointments include dispute resolution partner Fiona Pask, triple-qualified commercial and corporate partner Trevor Fenton, dual-qualified real estate legal director Nicky Grant, and Grant Docherty to lead the firm’s banking practice in Scotland. The firm also recently welcomed commercial property and real estate finance solicitor Myeda Aarif, and in 2022, welcomed its first Scottish trainee.

The firm became a B-Corporation in 2023 and was named a best law firm to work for in 2022.

Grant said: “Despite the pandemic and cost-of-doing business crisis, we are growing, and we are continually open to conversations with lateral hires who want to work with a firm that’s genuinely different. We’re invested in Edinburgh and Scotland and can service clients nationally. It’s a really exciting time to be part of such a rapidly-growing team.”

Edinburgh U-turns on Taiwan friendship deal over China sanctions fear

THE City of Edinburgh Council has shelved plans for a new "friendship arrangement" with a Taiwanese city following fears it could harm relations with China.The local authority was due to consider a five-year partnership to strengthen cultural and commercial links between the Scottish capital and Kaohsiung, but plans have been dropped from this week's council agenda.Organisations including the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Airport and Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce warned the move could result in sanctions on the c...

THE City of Edinburgh Council has shelved plans for a new "friendship arrangement" with a Taiwanese city following fears it could harm relations with China.

The local authority was due to consider a five-year partnership to strengthen cultural and commercial links between the Scottish capital and Kaohsiung, but plans have been dropped from this week's council agenda.

Organisations including the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Airport and Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce warned the move could result in sanctions on the city and reduced trade, tourism and student numbers.

READ MORE: Why Taiwan is one of Scottish whisky’s biggest importers

A report also raised concerns that it could lead to an increased risk of cyber attack.

Taiwan considers itself an independent nation, and largely functions as one currently.

However, this view is not shared by China and in most other countries, including the US and UK, the island’s political status is contentious.

A report admitted the arrangement "does pose potential risks for the city’s relationship with China, but that these risks are difficult to quantify with confidence".

It added the current threat level to the council of a cyber-attack remained "very high" and signing the arrangement "could increase these risks".

Deal 'will bring about serious consequences'

Council leader Cammy Day (below), who has spearheaded efforts to strengthen relations between Edinburgh and Taiwan, visited Kaohsiung and Taipei on a Taiwanese government-funded trip last year.

In August he secured agreement from councillors to "work towards a memorandum of understanding between Taiwan and the appropriate city partners".

This has since changed to a "friendship arrangement" built on a "principle of mutual benefit".

This would seek to "strengthen commercial and innovation cooperation, enrich the cultural and artistic life of both cities".

Day said having taken on board the views of the business community and other partners they had decided "more discussion is required before taking this agreement forward".

He said: "We’ll continue this dialogue and report back to a future council meeting.

"In the meantime, I remain in no doubt that developing these types of relationships with progressive and open-minded cities like ours is absolutely the right thing to do for the people of Edinburgh."

READ MORE: Top diplomat calls for new Scottish trade office in Taiwan

China’s representative in Edinburgh told councillors he had "grave concerns" about a "sister city agreement between Edinburgh and cities from Taiwan".

In a letter sent earlier this month, consul general Zhang Biao wrote: "This is not a action simply to promote exchange and friendship, it is deeply related to the Taiwan question and will bring about serious consequences.

"The Chinese government firmly opposes counties that have diplomatic ties with China to conduct official exchanges with Taiwan in any form, including signing agreement with sovereign implications or of an official nature."

Biao said the council signing a friendship arrangement with Taiwan "will hurt the feeling of the Chinese people and bring about serious consequences to our bilateral relations, which we do not want to see".

He added: "Surely Edinburgh would benefit little but lose a lot from such action."

Letters of support were received from the Kaohsiung City Government, the Taipei Representative Office in the UK and the Scotland Taiwanese Association.

But several organisations urged the council not to sign the arrangement:

A spokesman for Edinburgh Airport said the council's draft report had a lack of detail about the "potential impact of the risks that were alluded to".

"A range of things were mentioned, such as the current relationship with China and the benefits it brings, and we felt it would be wise for all of us to better understand the potential extent of the risks involved to allow all of us to make a fully informed decision," he said.

Conservative group leader Iain Whyte said the local authority should focus on "improving the vital local services it provides rather than dabbling ineffectually in international politics".

He added: "It’s obvious that this needed far more thought before being brought forward as a formal proposal.

"The pause is helpful as it will allow the council to engage more widely should any proposal returns.

"It’s time to focus on Edinburgh people’s priorities."

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home tackles pet poverty head on with their Pet Care Clinic

Pet owners in Edinburgh and Midlothian who are struggling to afford to care for their pets are being given the opportunity to attend drop-in Pet Care sessions at four locations across the city.Providing support, and guidance, the Pet Care Clinics are an in-person service which allows veterinary experts who volunteer for the Edinburgh Dog and Cat to support owners with basic behavioural queries, providing equipment to support training, advice on welfare, wellbeing checks and signposting to available services and suppor...

Pet owners in Edinburgh and Midlothian who are struggling to afford to care for their pets are being given the opportunity to attend drop-in Pet Care sessions at four locations across the city.

Providing support, and guidance, the Pet Care Clinics are an in-person service which allows veterinary experts who volunteer for the Edinburgh Dog and Cat to support owners with basic behavioural queries, providing equipment to support training, advice on welfare, wellbeing checks and signposting to available services and support.

The monthly drop in sessions take place at Simon Community Scotland, Food Facts Friends (Penicuik), Craigmillar’s Edinburgh Food Project and the Salvation Army in Granton.

These venues are also supported by the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home’s food bank service, which works with 87 pet food bank providers across East and Central Scotland, providing meals to pet owners who would otherwise not be able to afford to feed their beloved pets.

The cost of living crisis has impacted the ways in which some pet owners care for their animals with some being forced to surrender their pets due to being unable to afford to care for them. From January to April 2024 the Home received 458 surrender requests from those struggling to keep their pet, they administered 104 vaccinations to animals in their care and provided 181 free pet essential items to owners in need.

Jamie Simpson, Director of People and Services at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, said,“ We are seeing a worrying increase in the number of pet owners who are unable to afford vet treatment and don’t know where to go to get advice on training, behaviour, nutrition or general pet care.

“We want to take action to prevent minor issues, behavioural or veterinary, becoming much bigger issues and in doing so prevent a pet owner from potentially having to give up their pet.

“Our Pet Care clinics include a volunteer vet to support with basic pet care advice and are delivered in partnership with local organisations in a hub setting to allow owners to find support and advice under one roof.

“The aim is to support pet owners with advice as well as to signpost them to other support and in doing so, keep pets in loving homes.”

Volunteer vet, Victor Bates said, “For many of the people seen via Pet Care, the impression is that their pets are sometimes the one real emotional support and constant in their lives.

“I think that Pet Care helps to at least reduce some of the worries that people on low or no incomes have about feeding and ensuring the well being of their pets and companions.”

Volunteer vet, Susan Little said, “As a local vet with some spare time, I enjoy being able to help and advise people, whilst sharing in their stories of their pets, with all their adventures and mischief.

“Being part of a regular, small team of friendly faces allows trust to be built up, so that folk feel comfortable to confide in us about the issues they are facing. “We are able to give general support and advice, along with being able to make a bit of fuss of any dogs which they bring along.

“A bit of chat and humour with the people coming along to the sessions makes it an inclusive, welcoming time, which is rewarding for volunteers and owners.”

Hugh Hill from Simon Community Scotland said, “‘Across all our services we support people to stay connected with their dogs.

“We recognise the companionship and care each receives from each and in many cases it isn’t simply the most important relationship in their lives, it can be the only one. Our partnership with Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home has been hugely valuable in supporting owners and their dogs to stay together and have the support to maintain that powerfully healthy relationship.”

Please contact foodbanks@edch.org.uk if you would like to support the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home by running a pet food drive at your place of work or community group, or if any pet food store/business would like to help with donations.

For more information please visit: www.edch.org.uk/pet-care

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BBC ALBA is set to go off-grid in a brand-new series exploring the growing lifestyle trend of ‘hutting’. Bothag Phàdruig | Peter’s Hut reunites viewers with Peter MacQueen, his partner Coinneach ‘The Hebridean Baker’ MacLeod, and their loveable sidekick, Seòras the dog, as they spend time at the family’s secluded hideaway in Argyll and Bute.

Set on edge of Clachan Sound, overlooking the famous Slate Islands, the series will take viewers on a ‘through the keyhole’ experience of off-grid living, with no phones, Wi-Fi or mains electricity to connect Peter and his guests to the outside world.

The eight-parter, produced by Caledonia TV, follows Peter for a full year as he and his family and friends visit the hut to escape their busy day-to-day lives.

In the first episode, Peter is joined by his other half, Coinneach – the Hebridean Baker – for a family weekend at the hut.

After a quick tour around the garden, Peter helps Coinneach make Bakewell scones just in time for his dad and uncle Stuart arriving.

Viewers can also expect to see special moments of Seòras, the loyal and beloved family dog before he sadly passed away last year.

Peter MacQueen comments: “The hut has always been an incredibly special place to us. My father built our hut six years ago and we have never looked back – it’s a privilege to give BBC ALBA viewers this exclusive chance to see our rural hideaway. Hutting helps families to go back to basics, appreciate the simple things in life and strengthen social bonds.

“Viewers can expect true off-grid living with no electricity, or Wi-Fi to access social media. We have kept up this family tradition to switch off from our bustling daily lives and reconnect with nature in its simplest form.

“Throughout the series, we have different guests join us for a bit of respite and to enjoy a slow-paced way of living. The series also captures the last few months we had with Seòras before we sadly lost him last year.

“Although it has been emotional seeing him again on screen, we are grateful we had the chance to create lasting memories with him at the hut.”

‘Hutting’ is a growing lifestyle trend in Scotland, offering access to the outdoors for those living in busy cities and rural settings alike. Often remaining in the same family for generations, the concept was established in Scotland following the First World War whereby people would pay a small amount in ground rent to landowners to build a rustic bolthole for their families.

‘Hutting’ is a prominent part of Scandinavian cultures as a place to visit with family and friends on the weekends and holidays.

Bill Macleod, Commissioning Editor, BBC ALBA, said: “This series is the definition of heart-warming television. I defy anyone who watches it not to want to spend time with Peter and his family as they cook, build, forage, swim and simply enjoy each other’s company in what must be one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. Kick back and be transported for the ultimate get-away!”

With weekly episodes airing every Tuesday throughout June and July (and available on demand on BBC iPlayer), special guests on the programme will include broadcaster and journalist Lesley Riddoch who enjoys a leisurely break to the hut while embracing the natural surroundings.

The first episode of Bothag Phàdruig | Peter’s Hut will premiere on BBC ALBA TONIGHT (Tuesday 25 June) at 8.30pm and on demand on BBC iPlayer (in Gaelic with English subtitles): https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001v5wc.

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'I went to see Taylor Swift in Edinburgh and the hype matched up to some of the greatest gigs on the planet'

Taylor Swift says her one regret is she 'should have came and played in Scotland more' As a music critic I thought I’d seen it all when it came to Scottish concerts having witnessed some of the greatest acts on the planet.The Clash at the legendary Glasgow Apollo and busking in a pub, Oasis at Irvine Beach and on the shores of Loch Lomond, Bob Dylan c...

Taylor Swift says her one regret is she 'should have came and played in Scotland more'

As a music critic I thought I’d seen it all when it came to Scottish concerts having witnessed some of the greatest acts on the planet.

The Clash at the legendary Glasgow Apollo and busking in a pub, Oasis at Irvine Beach and on the shores of Loch Lomond, Bob Dylan countless times, Madonna, Prince, Springsteen, U2 and Michael Jackson.

But has there ever been a hype to match Taylor Swift’s arrival in Edinburgh to perform three consecutive nightly shows at the capital’s Scottish Gas Murrayfield stadium.

The public transport system, despite extra trains and trams, has been packed to the gunnels because the city is rammed with fans of all ages dressed pink, gold, glitter and sequins – and the buzz is incredible.

It’s like the Fringe festival on steroids.

Or to put it another way, it’s Par-Tay time

But did Taylor Swift match the fever pitch excitement and expectation of the Swifties and the curious?

And how did she measure up the best of the rest? John Dingwall writes:

Taylor Swift spoke of her love for her Scottish fans as she told them how honoured she was to perform to a record-breaking crowd.

Just three songs in she stopped the show and told the crowd: “What a delight and an honour and a privilege to say these words to you. Welcome to the Eras tour, Edinburgh.”

She then referred to Friday’s Daily Record article in which we revealed her shows has broken Scotland’s all time record for live music tickets when she added: “I haven’t been in Scotland for almost a decade now.

"The last time I was here was 10 years ago and I was wondering, what’s it going to be like when I go back to visit them, what are they gonna be like as a crowd? And you know what you kinda answered me before I even got on stage because I had someone pull me aside and say ‘Hey - and we’ve checked this 20 times to make sure that it’s accurate - tonight’s concert is the most highly attended stadium show in Scottish history.”

The crowd erupted as Taylor added: “Thank you Edinburgh, that’s absolutely the wildest way to welcome a lass to your city.”

Temperatures may have plummeted for June but the sun had come out for Swifties and Taylor delivered a sizzling show to open the UK and Ireland leg of her world tour, which has grossed £1 billion.

Even before Swift was wheeled onstage, yes wheeled hidden in a catering trolley, fans on their way to the festival had taken part in singalongs on buses, trains and trams and down Princes Street, let alone when their icon opened the first of her three Edinburgh shows inside the stadium.

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At just 34 she’s already a superstar and seems to have an entire career ahead of her having eclipsed the popularity of some of the biggest acts on the planet.

The crowd were euphoric as Taylor stepped onstage in a sequinned bodysuit and gold boots following a recording of Dusty Springfield’s You Don’t Own Me, a recurring theme, to open her first Scottish show since 2015.

Back then she had packed Glasgow’s Hydro with 12,500 fans. This time it is almost 20 times as many.

The screams were deafening even before she opened with Miss America & The Heartbreak Prince followed by Cruel Summer.

And Swift wasted no time making her feelings known.

She said: “Now look what you’ve done. You’ve gone and made me feel amazing.”

Pointing her way around the crowd only sent the decibel level through the roof.

“That just went straight to my head,” she said. “You’ve got me feeling really really powerful, like the man.

“You’re making me feel like somebody who’s about to play to a sold out show in front of nearly 73,000 people in Edinburgh.”

Then she sang The Man to the delight of the crowd. You Need To Calm Down, Lover, Fearless and You Belong With Me all followed.

It was the perfect start to three and a half hours of pure entertainment for all ages. Wearing a white T-shirt emblazoned with the words This Is Not Taylor’s Version and a black hat and matching hot pants, 22 was another early favourite during which she gave her hat to a young fan in the crowd.

She said: “This tour is the most fun I’ve ever had in my entire life. I think the reason why might be that my one regret in terms of the tours we’ve done is that we really should have come to play in Scotland more. We should have come on every tour.

“You’ve made us feel so welcome. You’ve been so just beautifully generous to us even before we got here. The way you’ve shown love and passion. You guys are the best.

“I don’t have enough words to say thank you for that in Scotland. Your singing, your performance is on another level.

"I can’t stop looking at the crowd. I’m captivated.”

The impressive set list had been organised into 10 sections representing each of her musical eras including Lover, Fearless, Red, Speak Now, Reputation, Folklore/Evermore, 1989, The Tortured Poets Department.

Each celebrated a journey through time for the fans and marked the evolution of the world’s hottest pop act. Not to mention several of her boyfriend breakups. Between Taylor’s musical catalogue, the visual treat and the packed stadium full of die-hard fans this was a spectacle not to be missed.

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The astronomical sky above Edinburgh and Lothian in June 2024

The stellar astronomical event of the month, if you will forgive the pun, is the Summer Solstice which marks the Sun’s most northerly altitude and places it directly over the line of latitude known as the Tropic of Cancer at 23.44N. You will cast your shortest shadow of the year and the longest day will last 17 hours and 36 minutes.The word Solstice derives from the Latin ‘Sol’ (Sun) and ‘sistere’ (to stand still) as the Sun appears to pause at its highest point in the sky. This year’s Solstice oc...

The stellar astronomical event of the month, if you will forgive the pun, is the Summer Solstice which marks the Sun’s most northerly altitude and places it directly over the line of latitude known as the Tropic of Cancer at 23.44N. You will cast your shortest shadow of the year and the longest day will last 17 hours and 36 minutes.

The word Solstice derives from the Latin ‘Sol’ (Sun) and ‘sistere’ (to stand still) as the Sun appears to pause at its highest point in the sky. This year’s Solstice occurs on 20 June at 9:51 pm and represents the first day of astronomical summer. This astronomical season will will last until the September equinox for a duration of 93 days 15 hours and 52 minutes.

Although the Sun will reach a peak altitude of 57.5 degrees (at 1:14 pm local time) as it embraces the Solstice at our locale, you would be forgiven for thinking that the Sun will actually be in the constellation of Cancer (the Crab) at that time. Yet, the Sun passes from Taurus (The Bull) on 21 June at 1:19 am and enters Gemini (The Twins). Why?

The zero-point of the astronomical co-ordinate system (the so-called ‘First Point of Aries’) is not fixed in space but moves across the sky at a rate of 1 degree every 71.6 years (called the precession of the equinoxes). So the background stars (constellations) appear to shift position as the Sun traces the Ecliptic and this accumulates over several thousand years. So the ‘First Point of Aries’ is now in Pisces (The Fishes) and the Sun is not in Cancer (The Crab) at the Solstice but Taurus (The Bull).

To put it another way: in the northern hemisphere, we are fortunate to have a star that seems to sit exactly on the celestial pole. It is called Polaris (the North Star) and it has an altitude above the horizon that equates, exactly, to the latitude of the observer. For our present location, look north and upwards in the evening sky at 55.95 degrees and there will be Polaris shining brightly. At magnitude 1.98 it is easily visible to the naked-eye observer. However, because of precession, had you lived in 3,000 BC during the first dynasty of Egypt under King Narmer, the pole star would have been Thuban in the constellation of Draco (the Dragon). Around 7,500 AD—more than 5 millenia from now—the pole will lie close to Aldermin the brightest star in Cepheus (The King).

Returning to the Sun, though, daylight lengthens from 17:13 (17.215 hours) on 1 June to 17:31 (17.509 hours) on 30 June so we lose 18 minutes of night time, overall, by the end of the month. In reality, between 1 June and the Solstice we lose 24 minutes of night time. After the Solstice, we gain 6 minutes of night time because the days start to get shorter and the nights longer. Our summer perpetual twilight has, of course, begun but the Sun is reaching ‘Solar Max’ which is the peak of the 11 year Sun spot cycle. This may herald better aurorae between now and the end of the year.

The first Lunar perigee (closest to Earth) on 2 June at 8:09 am finds the Moon some 368,072 km away from Earth – -around 16,328 km closer than average—subtending an angle of 32.5 arc-minutes. The new Moon appears on 6 June at 1:38 pm in Taurus (The Bull) beginning a new synodic (Lunar) month. The first quarter of the new cycle shows up on 14 June at 6:18 am in Virgo (The Maiden). Lunar apogee (furthest from Earth) occurs on 14 June at 2:35 pm and takes the Moon to 404,116 km away from Earth – around 19,716 km further than average—subtending an angle of 29.6 arc-minutes. The full Strawberry Moon makes an appearance on 22 June at 2:08 am in Sagittarius (The Archer). Since June is named after the Roman god of marriage – Juno – this month’s full moon is also called the Honey Moon. The second Lunar perigee (closest to Earth) on 27 June at 12:37 pm finds the Moon some 369,252 km away from Earth – around 15,148 km closer than average – subtending an angle of 32.4 arc-minutes. Finally, the Moon enters last quarter on 28 June at 10:53 pm in Pisces (The Fishes).

For the inferior planets: Mercury rises just before the Sun in the first part of the month but reaches perihelion and superior conjunction (‘behind the sun’) some 10 days after Venus so both are lost to us.

For the superior planets: Mars, in Pisces (The Fishes), and Saturn, in Aquarius (The Water Bearer), are increasing visible during morning twilight. Couple that with both Jupiter and Uranus emerging from solar conjunction, and Saturn and Neptune reaching western quadrature, means have a planetary alignment visible in June. Such an alignment will occur early in June but the best opportunity is much later on in the month on 30 June at 3:30 am (about an hour before sunrise), we should see the following planets aligned along the Ecliptic covering some 80 degrees of azimuth: Jupiter (-2.0 mag), Uranus (5.8 mag), Mars (1 mag), the waning crescent Moon, Neptune (7.8 mag) and Saturn (1 mag). Uranus and Neptune will require binoculars or a telescope but the other objects should have naked-eye visibility in the east.

There are no significant meteor showers in June. There are, however, 3 day-time meteor showers unobservable by us: 7 June sees both the Arietids and zeta-Perseids and 25 June sees the beta-Taurids. On 27 June, there is a minor night-time meteor shower known as the June Bootids, radiant near Nekkar in Bootes (The Herdsman), but the activity is very low. The parent body is the comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke.

Although now unobservable from Edinburgh and Lothian, comet 12/P Pons-Brooks will reach closest approach to Earth on 2 June at 1 am, at 1.55 AU or 231 million km. The periodic comet 13/P Olbers—discovered by he of paradox fame – will reach perihelion on 30 June and should be viewable with binoculars or a telescope at 7.5 mag, low in the north-western sky, in Lynx (The Lynx).

We still await the much anticipated recurrent nova known as the Blaze Star (T CrB). We can expect this ‘new star’ to appear near CrB epsilon-13 in the constellation Corona Borealis (The Northern Crown) located adjacent to Bootes (The Herdsman). Alphecca (sometimes called Gemma or alpha-CrB) is the brightest star in the crown, at 2.2 mag, and should guide you to this, once in a lifetime, transient event.

At the time of our sky map, some constellations visible are Ursa Major (The Great Bear), Draco (The Dragon) and Bootes (The Herdsman) at zenith, Aquila (The Eagle) in the east, Leo Minor (The Lesser Lion) and Leo (The Lion) in the west, Ursa Minor (The Little Bear) in the north and the Virgo (The Maiden) and Libra (The Scales) in the south. The ecliptic hosts Libra, Virgo, Leo, Cancer and Gemini.

The pseudo-constellation called the ‘Summer Triangle’: Vega in Lyra (The Lyre), Altair in Aquila (The Eagle) and Deneb inCygnus (The Swan) rises in the east. Another prominent pseudo-constellation is the ‘Diamond of Virgo’: Arcturus in Bootes,Cor Caroli in Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs), Denebola in Leo (The Lion) and Spica in Virgo (The Maiden). At center of thediamond is Coma Berenices (Berenice’s Hair) which hosts the north galactic pole.

Circumpolar constellations – always above the horizon – include Cassiopeia (The Seated Queen), Cepheus (The King) andPerseus (The Hero).

Philip Daly

Phil Daly is a former employee of the Royal Observatory Edinburgh (now UKATC) on Blackford Hill. He has worked on the UK's overseas telescopes in Hawaii (UKIRT, JCMT) and on large telescopes at major astronomical observatories worldwide. He is currently part of an international collaboration searching for optical counterparts to gravity wave events using multi-messenger astronomy.

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