So much of the year has passed already and we would be genuinely depressed at the lack of viewing opportunities we’ve had this year, if we weren’t so sickeningly optimistic.
June usually promises much opportunity for stargazing however, so we’ll keep our gear on standby and see what we can do about bringing you some more images and articles to get stuck in to.
As it always helps to have some handy info nearby when planning your observing schedule, below we’ve listed some interesting celestial occasions of note for the coming month. So get outside, crane your necks and keep watching the skies!
Saturday 7th June – Red planet Mars is paid a visit by the waxing gibbous Moon this evening, have a look WSW after nightfall
Tuesday 10th June – Beautiful ringed planet Saturn appears close to the nearly full Moon this evening. If you look due South at about 21:30 UTC (22:20 BST) they should both be easy to find.
Friday 13th June – The Full Moon in the sky today is also sometimes known as the Rose Moon, Lotus Moon or the Moon of Horses
Sunday 15th June – The waning gibbous Moon is at Perigee today at a distance of 362,060 km (224,974 miles), the closest point of its orbit to the Earth
And continuing our recent addition to this guide, below we’ve provided constellation guides for southern and northern skies in June, shown at 00:00 UTC (01:00 BST). These can help you identify the early summer constellations you can see throughout the month.
Thursday 19th June – Inner planet Mercury is in Inferior Conjunction today, remaining too close to the Sun for the rest of the month for observation. And this evening our Moon is seen at Last Quarter phase
Friday 20th June – For those that find it difficult to locate dimmer planet Uranus, the Moon lends a helping hand this evening. The ice giant will appear about a Moon’s width from the Moon, so with the help of our guide image below it should increase your chances of spotting it!
Planets visible this month Jupiter
Remember, it can take your eyes up to 20 minutes to become properly dark adapted, and anything up to an hour for a telescope to reach ambient temperature outside (to ensure the best image), so give yourself plenty of time to get set up!