Welcome to your June 2018 Sky Watch! We’ll help you spot the best night sky events of June, including bright planets and stars, the full Moon, and celestial events.
SKY WATCH JUNE 2018
by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2018 Old Farmer’s Almanac
What’s in June’s night sky? Here are the highlights:
Jupiter still shines brightly all night! Look to the east in the evening. It’s highest in the sky at early-to-mid evening – and sets in the west before dawn.
The Giant Planet spends the first week close to Libra’s brightest star, Zubeneschamali.
Look for the Moon very close to Jupiter on June 23.
Venus is our “evening “star” throughout June (until October). Look towards the west a couple hours after sunset. After the Moon, it’s the brightest object in the sky. Don’t get Venus confused with Jupiter.
Remember that Jupiter is in the east while Venus is in the west.
On June 15, the young Moon stands above Venus; on the 16th, the Moon passes to the left of Venus.
Mars rises at midnight at a blazing magnitude –1.7 in the southeast sky. On June 3 and June 30, Mars will sit just below the Moon.
Saturn and the Moon will meet on June 27—the very night the Ringed Planet comes to opposition, its nearest and brightest position of the year. Furthermore, it will be a Full Moon on June 27–28, within a day of Saturn reaching opposition. Saturn and the Full Moon will move together across the night sky, climbing highest around midnight.
The only naked-eye asteroid, Vesta, attains a rare brilliancy. At magnitude 5.3, it is faint but easily seen (away from city lights) to the upper right of Saturn during the moonless period from the 5th to the 15th.
The solstice brings summer on the 21st at 6:07 A.M. EDT.