What’s Up in the June Sky

Morning sky, looking eastward at 03:15 EDT on Friday 12 June 2020. Sky Safari star chart annotated (Annotable, Pixelmator & Graphic) by Peter Tagatac

 

June’s Evening Planets:

Mercury will be in Gemini the Twins until around 10 PM in the first week of June. Jupiter is in Sagittarius the Archer as of midnight and rising earlier every night. Saturn is in Capricornus the Sea-goat as of midnight and rising earlier every night. Dwarf Pluto will be in Sagittarius the Archer as of midnight and rising earlier every night until 10 PM by the end of June.

June’s Evening Stars:

Spot the Summer Triangle of Vega in Lyra the Harp, Deneb in Cygnus the Swan, and Altair in Aquila the Eagle. Look for reddish Antares in Scorpius the Scorpion, Arcturus in Bootes the Herdsman, Spica in Virgo the Maiden, along with the stars of constellations Lyra, Hercules, Scorpius, Sagittarius, Libra, Leo, Cepheus , Ophiuchus, Cassiopeia, Draco, and Ursa Major and Ursa Minor (the Big and Little Dippers).

June’s Morning Planets:

Bright Venus will be in Taurus the Bull in the second half of June, as of around 4 AM. Jupiter is in Sagittarius the Archer and Saturn is in Capricornus the Sea-goat lingering until sunrise. Red Mars will be moving between Aquarius the Water bearer and Pisces the Fish as of 2 AM   and rising earlier every night. Neptune is in Aquarius the Water bearer as of 2 AM and rising earlier every night. Uranus will be in Pisces the Fish around 4 AM and rising earlier every day.  Pluto will be in Sagittarius the Archer until dawn.

 

View of the Solar System and landscape view at 03:15 EDT on Friday 12 June 2020. Sky Safari star chart annotated (Annotable, Pixelmator & Graphic) by Peter Tagatac

 

View of inner Solar System with landscape inset at 09:15AM EDT on Friday, 12 June 2020. Sky Safari star chart annotated (Annotable, Pixelmator & Graphic) by Peter Tagatac

June’s Morning Stars:

The Summer Triangle of Vega in Lyra the Harp, Deneb in Cygnus the Swan, and Altair in Aquila the will be up  until sunrise.  This month, look for Arcturus in Boötes, Capella in Auriga the charioteer along with the stars of constellations Hercules, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Pegasus, Perseus, Andromeda, Capricornus, Cepheus , Ophiuchus, Cassiopeia, Draco, Ursa Major, and Ursa Minor (the Big and Little Dippers).

June Skylights

  • June   2 Moon at perigee (226,400 miles away)
  • June  3 Mercury at greatest evening elongation
  • June   5 Full Moon at 3:10 PM – Strawberry Moon
  • June   7 Saturn, Jupiter, Moon, and Antares line up – midnight
  • June 13 Last quarter Moon at 2:25 AM
  • June 14 Moon at apogee (251,400 miles away)
  • June 18  Venus, Moon, and Mars line up – pre-dawn
  • June 20 Summer solstice – longest day of 2020
  • June 21 New Moon at 2:40 AM
  • June 28 First Quarter Moon at 4:15 AM
  • June 29 Moon at perigee (229,300 miles away)

Resources

Download Ken Graun’s June 2020 sky chart for reference and observing ideas.
Another equally helpful resource is Skymaps monthly evening sky charts available for different hemispheres. Download The Evening Sky Map for June.

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