Your Earth Sky News for June 13:

All you need to know: June solstice 2019

It’s nearly the June solstice! Longest day for the Northern Hemisphere. Shortest day for the Southern Hemisphere.

The June solstice – your signal to celebrate summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern Hemisphere – will happen on June 21, 2019, at 15:54 UTC. That’s 10:54 a.m. CDT in North America on June 21. Translate UTC to your time. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, this solstice marks the longest day of the year. Early dawns. Long days. Late sunsets. Short nights. The sun at its height each day, as it crosses the sky. Meanwhile, south of the equator, winter begins.

What is a solstice? Ancient cultures knew that the sun’s path across the sky, the length of daylight, and the location of the sunrise and sunset all shifted in a regular way throughout the year.

They built monuments, such as Stonehenge, to follow the sun’s yearly progress.

Today, we know that the solstice is an astronomical event, caused by Earth’s tilt on its axis and its motion in orbit around the sun.

It’s because Earth doesn’t orbit upright. Instead, our world is tilted on its axis by 23 1/2 degrees. Earth’s Northern and Southern Hemispheres trade places in receiving the sun’s light and warmth most directly.

At the June solstice, Earth is positioned in its orbit so that our world’s North Pole is leaning most toward the sun. As seen from Earth, the sun is directly overhead at noon 23 1/2 degrees north of the equator, at an imaginary line encircling the globe known as the Tropic of Cancer – named after the constellation Cancer the Crab. This is as far north as the sun ever gets.

All locations north of the equator have days longer than 12 hours at the June solstice. Meanwhile, all locations south of the equator have days shorter than 12 hours.

When is the solstice where I live? The solstice takes place place on June 21, 2019, at 15:54 UTC. That’s 10:54 a.m. CDT in North America on June 21.

A solstice happens at the same instant for all of us, everywhere on Earth. To find the time of the solstice in your location, you have to translate to your time zone.

Here’s an example of how to do that. In the central United States, for those of us using Central Daylight Time, we subtract five hours from Universal Time. That’s how we get 10:54 a.m. CDT as the time of the 2019 June solstice (15:54 UTC on June 21 minus 5 equals 10:54 a.m. CDT on June 21).

Want to know the time in your location? Check out EarthSky’s article How to translate UTC to your time. And just remember: you’re translating from 15:54 UTC, June 21.

Where should I look to see signs of the solstice in nature? Everywhere. For all of Earth’s creatures, nothing is so fundamental as the length of the day. After all, the sun is the ultimate source of almost all light and warmth on Earth’s surface.

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you might notice the early dawns and late sunsets, and the high arc of the sun across the sky each day. You might see how high the sun appears in the sky at local noon. And be sure to look at your noontime shadow. Around the time of the solstice, it’s your shortest noontime shadow of the year.

If you’re a person who’s tuned in to the out-of-doors, you know the peaceful, comforting feeling that accompanies these signs and signals of the year’s longest day.

Is the solstice the first day of summer? No world body has designated an official day to start each new season, and different schools of thought or traditions define the seasons in different ways.

In meteorology, for example, summer begins on June 1. And every school child knows that summer starts when the last school bell of the year rings.

Yet June 21 is perhaps the most widely recognized day upon which summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere and upon which winter begins on the southern half of Earth’s globe. There’s nothing official about it, but it’s such a long-held tradition that we all recognize it to be so.

Worldwide map via the U.S. Naval Observatory shows the day and night sides of Earth at the instant of the June solstice (June 21, 2019, at 15:54 UTC).

It has been universal among humans to treasure this time of warmth and light.

For us in the modern world, the solstice is a time to recall the reverence and understanding that early people had for the sky. Some 5,000 years ago, people placed huge stones in a circle on a broad plain in what’s now England and aligned them with the June solstice sunrise.

We may never comprehend the full significance of Stonehenge. But we do know that knowledge of this sort wasn’t limited to just one part of the world. Around the same time Stonehenge was being constructed in England, two great pyramids and then the Sphinx were built on Egyptian sands. If you stood at the Sphinx on the summer solstice and gazed toward the two pyramids, you’d see the sun set exactly between them.


How does it end up hotter later in the summer, if June has the longest day? People often ask:

If the June solstice brings the longest day, why do we experience the hottest weather in late July and August?

This effect is called the lag of the seasons. It’s the same reason it’s hotter in mid-afternoon than at noontime. Earth just takes a while to warm up after a long winter. Even in June, ice and snow still blanket the ground in some places. The sun has to melt the ice – and warm the oceans – and then we feel the most sweltering summer heat.

Ice and snow have been melting since spring began. Meltwater and rainwater have been percolating down through snow on tops of glaciers.

But the runoff from glaciers isn’t as great now as it’ll be in another month, even though sunlight is striking the northern hemisphere most directly around now.

So wait another month for the hottest weather. It’ll come when the days are already beginning to shorten again, as Earth continues to move in orbit around the sun, bringing us closer to another winter.

And so the cycle continues.

Hello summer solstice!

Bottom line: The 2019 June solstice happens on June 21 at 15:54 UTC. That’s 10:54 a.m. CDT in North America. This solstice – which marks the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere – marks the sun’s most northerly point in Earth’s sky. It’s an event celebrated by people throughout the ages.


The Affirmation You Should Live By, According to Astrology

The Affirmation You Should Live By, According to Astrology

Use these statements to manifest a better life

Simone Butler

You are creating your world, one thought at a time. That means you can manifest a new and improved life simply by changing your habitual thinking. Affirmations — super-charged power statements that are active and positive  — are the first step to helping you take back your power and live the life you deserve.

Every astrological sign has different needs, which means each statement will have a unique manifestation message. Feel free to borrow another sign’s affirmation, too. If it speaks to you, that zodiac sign is probably prominent in your chart. Write down these power statements and repeat them to counteract feelings of worry, uncertainty, and negativity. You’ll be surprised and amazed by how much better you feel due to the positive manifestations in your life!


Aries (March 21 to April 19)

You have lots of great energy and good ideas, Aries, but sometimes you leap before you look. You also tend to get sidetracked by competing with others or not being open to their input.

Aries Affirmations: “As I channel my abundant energy in constructive ways and think things through carefully, my pioneering efforts succeed.” Or, “As I patiently collaborate with and have compassion for others, we have fun and achieve great things.”


Taurus (April 20 to May 20)

Material well-being is important to you. You seek security, sometimes at any cost. As a result, you tend to fall into predictable patterns and not give full expression to your abilities.

Taurus Affirmation: “As I happily give my talents to the world, I am rewarded with riches on every level.” Or, “As I trust that I am always provided for and open my heart to receive, I’m blessed with the time and wealth needed to enjoy the fruits of my labors.”


Gemini (May 21 to June 20)

Since you’ve always got multiple irons in the fire, you have a hard time staying focused and serene. Your mind is so full of thoughts that you often can’t hear that still, small voice within.

Gemini Affirmations: “As I stay focused on one thing at a time and have the patience to finish what I start, I feel empowered and relaxed.” Or, “As I tune into the peaceful place within, even amid a whirlwind of events, I am expertly guided.”


Cancer (June 21 to July 22)

Because you are so sensitive, you tend to retreat from the world into a safe, sheltered environment. Unfortunately, being hurt so easily can prevent you from reaching out to new people and experiences.

Cancer Affirmations: “As I find safety and protection within myself, the world embraces me with open arms.” Or, “As I release the past and live only in the present, trusting that all my needs are fulfilled, I easily expand in exciting directions.”


Leo (July 23 to Aug. 22)

You’re like the Sun, Leo, bringing warmth when you’re happy and a chill when you withdraw. You need to find ways to cultivate your inner joy and share your radiance with the world — even when feeling insecure or as if others don’t appreciate you.

Leo Affirmations: “As I beam my joy and love to others, I am warmed and fulfilled by my own radiance.” Or, “As I appreciate myself and give selflessly to others, life becomes enjoyable and satisfying.”


Virgo (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22)

You’re good at taking care of the details. You’re often annoyed when others do not operate at the same peak efficiency as you or seem disorganized and sloppy. Your lesson is to learn to tolerate imperfection.

Virgo Affirmations: “As I accept myself and others exactly as we are, I relax and enjoy life.” Or, “As I keep my high ideals in sight, I find happiness in taking small steps toward fulfilling them and being of service to the world.”


Libra (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22)

In your search for serenity, you’re often confronted by those who do not share your need for peaceful coexistence, forcing you to fight. In trying to make decisions, you vacillate between opposing points of view, trying to please everyone. Life can seem unfair at times.

Libra Affirmations: “As I see the justice and beauty around me, despite appearances, I find serenity.” Or, “As I embrace my own knowing, I experience peace with all I meet.”


Scorpio (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)

You have strong passions, which makes you an effective crusader. Yet, your desire to control your environment — and other people — can also get you in trouble or plunge you into dark moods when you encounter resistance.

Scorpio Affirmations: “As I wield my power skillfully for the good of all, I attract the highest and best in others.” Or, “As I use my penetrating intellect to help solve problems, I transform my life and set others free.”


Sagittarius (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21)

You want to experience all that life has to offer, Sagittarius. As a result, you end up burning the candle at both ends or running late. And, your strong opinions or the conviction that you know what’s best for others can sometimes turn them off.

Sagittarius Affirmations: “As I focus on the details of life and make discriminating choices, I stay on track and on time.” Or, “As I listen to others and consider their opinions, together we savor life’s pleasures.”


Capricorn (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)

You enjoy climbing the ladder of success in life, expecting that your hard work will be rewarded. When it isn’t, or you’re perceived as too single-minded or inconsiderate of others’ feelings, it’s easy to get discouraged.

Capricorn Affirmations: “As I provide encouragement to myself and others in a kind and steady fashion, everyone wins.” Or, “As I give thanks for all I have and help others achieve their goals, my wealth increases.”


Aquarius (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18)

You’re a truly distinctive individual, and you inspire others to break free of restraints. Yet, you are sometimes perceived as unpredictable or temperamental, and your detachment can make you seem aloof.

Aquarius Affirmations: “As I open my heart to myself and others, my love and friendship are gratefully embraced.” Or, “As I pursue freedom and social justice in heartfelt ways, I acquire a deep sense of purpose and commitment.”


Pisces (Feb. 19 to March 20)

You are sensitive and have high ideals, which can make it hard to function in a world that often feels so harsh. Your goals may seem impossible to achieve, which tempts you to escape reality or hide out so you won’t be hurt and disappointed.

Pisces Affirmations: “As I set practical goals and achieve them, my dreams take shape in fulfilling ways.” Or, “As I arise each day and embrace my life with gusto, I feel protected and all goes well.” is Part of Zappallas USA © 2019



If you’re anything like us, the first thing you do when you develop a crush is to head straight to their social media accounts for some good old-fashioned creeping. You want to learn everything you can about them—even if you haven’t said “Hi” yet. And while scrolling their Instagram may give you some clues to their personality, if you want to know if they’re the perfect partner for you, you would do well to check out their birth chart (ideally, with their permission).

When we talk about compatibility, we tend to focus on the sun sign, which doesn’t give us a full scope of someone personality—especially when it comes to relationships. When we look at someone full birth chart, we see all the aspects of their character, including how they are when they are in love. If you’re curious as to whether or not your crush/new relationship/long-term partner is a romantic match for you, look to these five areas your birth charts for the answer.


When comparing birth charts in a relationship, Venus is the planet to focus on. Named for the Roman goddess of love and beauty, Venus is the planet of attraction, relationships, and love—as such, the sign our Venus is in speaks to how we act in a relationship, how we express affection, and what qualities we’re attracted to. It explains why some people act differently when they are in a relationship as opposed to when they are not. It’s important to look at someone’s Venus sign to not only learn their love language, but to see if your relationship styles match up. If your Venuses are in the same sign or compatible signs, like Libra and Libra or Cancer and Pisces, you’ll find your relationship will go very smoothly, because you have similar relationship styles; your partner will understand your needs without you having to verbalize it.  However, if your signs are incompatible, like a Leo Venus and a Virgo Venus, then your relationship may be rocky, because you don’t speak the same astrological love language. You’ll really have to communicate your needs in order for the relationship to be healthy and enjoyable.


The second most important planet to look at when we talk about relationships and compatibility is what sign Mars is in. Mars represents passion, sex, motivation, and anger (remember, Mars is the Roman god of war). Our Mars sign is important when looking into compatibility because it tells us how the person acts in bed and what they want in bed. If you want to know what someone’s kink is, check their Mars. As with your Venus sign, your Mars sign can make you act totally differently during moments of passion then how you would normally. For example, someone with an Aries Mars is very dominating in bed, while a Cancer Mars will likely be submissive. Mars is also the sign of anger, so Mars signs also speak to how your partner will act in a fight and when they’re angry. Checking their Mars is a great way to know just what you’re getting into.



When comparing birth charts, it’s important to note what signs you have in common along with their placements, especially your sun/rising signs. For example, if you have Taurus sun and they have a Taurus rising, or vice versa, this could be a great match. Why? Because our sun sign is our personality and identity—who we are we are at our best—and our rising sign is the personality and appearance that we show the world. When two people have a sun/rising combination, they have a lot in common. They’ll think similarly and have the same view on life; important factors when finding a partner. The sun partner is drawn to the energy the rising person gives off, while the rising partner feels free to be themselves. It could be love, or a great friendship!


Another place to check for similarities is your moon sign. If you and your partner have the same moon sign, this could mean a very emotional relationship. The moon is the planet of emotions and inner feelings, so when two people have the same moon sign, there’s a lot of feels going on. It’s almost if you have a soulmate connection—powerful, intense, and almost overwhelming. You can share your most intimate feelings naturally and read each other easily. It’s the kind of attraction that never really goes away. So, if you have an ex that you constantly keep going back to, no matter how many times you swear you’re done—check their moon sign.


As mentioned above, Venus and Mars are pretty big players when it comes to love and relationships. So, it only makes sense that there’s a certain spark when someone’s Venus shares the same sign as someone’s Mars. For example, if you have a Scorpio Venus and your dating a Scorpio Mars, prepare for fireworks. There is a lot of romantic chemistry between you two because the Venus is attracted to the Mars’ similar passion and sex drive, while Mars is attracted to the Venus’ charm. The Venus partner is Mars partner’s “type.” Expect a hot-and-heavy romance.



Of course not! If you and your love interest don’t share any similarities that mentioned above, you can still make it work—it just won’t work as seamlessly. Use their birth charts as a cheat sheet to how they love and how they want to be loved in return. By learning someone’s astrological love language, you can love and understand them better. However, if everything in your entire chart is totally incompatible—and if the reason for your analysis is unhappiness—you may want to ask yourself why you want to be in this relationship. Check out your own birth chart to see just what you’re looking for when it comes to love—the stars may just shed some light.


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Your Daily Cosmic Calendar for Thursday, June 13

While today’s sky cycles are fairly well-balanced between the challenging and favorable aspects of the astro-zodiacal spectrum, coming soon is a rather intense cycle—from June 14 to June 21—that tests your stamina and ability to remain emotionally tranquil. Right now the universe suggests focusing attention on the needs of your dear ones as Ceres forms a caustic, 45-degree tie to Saturn (12:08 a.m.).

Roll with any cosmic punches during the monthly moon in Scorpio polarity to erratic, rule-breaker Uranus in Taurus (6:12 a.m.)—and due to the sun making an off-kilter, 150-degree tie to distant, provocative Pluto (2:46 p.m.). Fortunately, beneficial vibes are present on the healing front as Venus makes up for its negative behavior yesterday by forming a supportive, 60-degree alliance with Chiron (2:46 p.m.). Immerse yourself in a sci-fi classics this evening in sync with an imagination-boosting trine between Mars in Cancer and Neptune in Pisces (11:12 p.m.). Storm clouds suddenly invade humanity’s psychic atmosphere and turn Friday into a highly-contentious inter-planetary free-for-all.

[Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]

Copyright 2018 Mark Lerner & Great Bear Enterprises, Ltd.

Astronomy Picture of the Day – Spiral Galaxy M96 from Hubble 

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2019 June 12

Spiral Galaxy M96 from Hubble 
Image Credit: NASAESAHubbleProcessing & Copyright: Leo Shatz


Explanation: Dust lanes seem to swirl around the core of Messier 96 in this colorful, detailed portrait of the center of a beautiful island universe. Of course M96 is a spiral galaxy, and counting the faint arms extending beyond the brighter central region, it spans 100 thousand light-years or so, making it about the size of our own Milky Way. M96, also known as NGC 3368, is known to be about 35 million light-years distant and a dominant member of the Leo I galaxy group. The featured image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The reason for M96’s asymmetry is unclear — it could have arisen from gravitational interactions with other Leo I group galaxies, but the lack of an intra-group diffuse glow seems to indicate few recent interactions. Galaxies far in the background can be found by examining the edges of the picture.

Astronomy Picture of the Day – The Cave Nebula in Infrared from Spitzer 

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2019 June 11

The Cave Nebula in Infrared from Spitzer 
Image Credit: NASAJPL-CaltachSpitzer Space Telescope


Explanation: What’s happening in and around the Cave Nebula? To help find out, NASA’s orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope looked into this optically-dark star-forming region in four colors of infrared light. The Cave Nebula, cataloged as Sh2-155, is quite bright in infrared, revealing details not only of internal pillars of gas and dust, but of the illuminating star cluster too – all near the top of the image. The red glow around the Cave’s entrance is created by dust heated by bright young stars. To the right is Cepheus B, a star cluster that formed previously from the same cloud of gas and dust. Other interesting stars of Cepheus come to light in infrared as well, including those illuminating an even younger nebula toward the image bottom, and a runaway star pushing a bow shock, tinged in red near the image center. This region spans about 50 light years and lies about 2,500 light years toward the constellation of the King of Aethiopia (Cepheus).

Your Earth Sky News for June 11: Moon and Spica on June 11 and 12

Moon and Spica on June 11 and 12

On June 11 and 12, 2019, use the waxing gibbous moon to find Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo the Maiden. In fact, Spica is Virgo’s one and only 1st-magnitude star. Although the bright moon will wipe out a number of fainter stars from the canopy of night tonight, bright Spica should withstand the moonlit glare. If you have trouble seeing Spica, place your finger over the moon and look for a bright star nearby.

We in the Northern Hemisphere associate the star Spica with the spring and summer seasons. That’s because Spica first lights up the early evening sky in late March or early April, and then disappears from the evening sky around the September equinox.

The constellation Virgo stands as a memorial to that old legend of Hades, god of the underworld, who was said to have abducted Persephone, daughter of Demeter, goddess of the harvest. According to the legend, Hades took Persephone to his underground hideaway. Demeter’s grief was so great that she abandoned her role in insuring fruitfulness and fertility. In some parts of the globe, it’s said, winter cold came out of season and turned the once-verdant Earth in to a frigid wasteland. Elsewhere, summer heat was said to scorch the Earth and give rise to pestilence and disease. According to the myth, Earth would not bear fruit again until Demeter was reunited with her daughter.

Zeus, the king of the gods, intervened, insisting that Persephone be returned to her mother. However, Persephone was instructed to abstain from food until the reunion with her mother was a done deal. Alas, Hades purposely gave Persephone a pomegranate to take along, knowing she would eat a few seeds on her way home. Because of Persephone’s slip-up, Persephone has to return to the underworld for a number of months each year. When she does so, Demeter grieves, and winter reigns.

The constellation Virgo is linked to Demeter (and also Ishtar of Babylonian mythology, Isis of Egyptian mythology and Ceres of Roman mythology). Virgo is seen as a Maiden, associated with the harvest and fertility. The Latin word spicumrefers to the ear of wheat Virgo holds in her left hand. The star Spica takes its name from this ear of wheat. Each evening, if you watch at the same time, you’ll see Spica slowly shift westward, toward the sunset direction. Eventually, Spica will get so close to the sunset that’ll fade in the glare of evening twilight. Once Spica disappears from the evening sky, we at northerly latitudes must harvest our crops and put away firewood, because the cold winter season is on its way.

The constellations of the zodiac – like Virgo – define the sun’s path across our sky. Putting it another way, each year, the sun passes in front of all the constellations of the zodiac. This year, 2019, the sun leaves the constellation Leo to enter the constellation Virgo on September 17, 2019. Then the sun leaves the constellation Virgo to enter the constellation Libra on October 31, 2019 (Halloween).

Three other 1st-magnitude zodiacal stars join up with Spica to help sky gazers to envision the ecliptic – the sun’s annual path in front of the backdrop stars: Aldebaran, Regulus, Spica, Antares and Aldebaran. Every year, the sun has its annual conjunction with Aldebaran on or near June 1, Regulus on or near August 23, Spica around mid-October, and Antares on or near December 1.

Of course, all these stars are invisible on their conjunction dates with the sun because they are totally lost in the sun’s glare at that time. However, six months before or after these stars’ conjunction dates, these stars are out all night long. Six months one way or the other of their conjunction, these stars reside opposite the sun in the sky and therefore stay out all night (Regulus around February 23, Spica around mid-April, Antares around June 1 and Aldebaran around December 1).

Bottom line: Use the moon to see the star Spica at nightfall on June 11 and 12, 2019, and celebrate this star’s presence in the evening sky.


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The Daily Cosmic Calendar for Tuesday, June 11th

Expect the unexpected around the time the sun forms a dicey, 45-degree link with surprise-bringer Uranus (1:12 a.m.). Tune into your strategic thinking and problem-solving skills later on during the monthly lunar union with Pallas in Libra (12:04 p.m.). Enjoy playing board, card, or word games that test your intellectual prowess.

Ingenious ideas abound a little over an hour later when Mars forms an inspirational, 72-degree rapport with Uranus (1:18 p.m.). Shift gears over to a more conservative mindset as the moon squares off with Mercury (2:04 p.m.) and Mars (11:20 p.m.). Caution is the operative word overnight regarding romantic interludes since Venus is approaching the Dragon’s Head, Saturn, and Ceres via discordant aspects as Tuesday night morphs into Wednesday morning.

[Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]

Copyright 2018 Mark Lerner & Great Bear Enterprises, Ltd.



June 1, 2019

Learn about the Full Moon in June 2019—which shines for Father’s Day this year—and also features a Jupiter-Moon conjunction! Find out more about the Full Strawberry Moon and why it’s special.


The Moon will look full on Sunday, June 16 and Monday, June 17 in North America since it crests in the wee hours of the 17th.

Sunday, June 16 also happens to be Father’s Day. The Moon will rise in the evening shortly after sunset and be visible until just after sunrise on the 17th.

Grab some chairs and watch the sunset and the full Moon rise for a magical night!


Here’s another treat for Father’s Day. On Sunday, June 16, bright Jupiter and the Moon meet!

Look for the Moon and king planet Jupiter to light up skies all night long—from dusk until dawn!


The June Full Moon is called the Full Strawberry Moon. This Full Moon got its name from the Algonquin tribes in eastern North America who knew it as a signal to gather the ripening fruit of wild strawberries. It has also been known as the Honey Moon, Mead Moon, and the Full Rose Moon in Europe.


Naming the full Moons is an age-old practice, nothing new. Ancient peoples commonly tracked the seasons by following the lunar calendar (versus today’s Gregorian calendar, which is a solar calendar).

For millennia, people across the world—including Native Americans—named the months after nature’s cues. Later, Colonial Americans adopted many of the Native American names and incorporated them into the modern calendar, as you will see in The Old Farmer’s Almanac, founded in 1792 during George Washington’s presidency.


All dates and times below are ET.

New Moon: June 3, 6:02 A.M.
First Quarter: June 10, 1:59 A.M.
Full Moon: June 17, 4:31 A.M.
Last Quarter: June 25, 5:46 A.M.



Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in June.

Activity Best Days
Camping 15, 16
Cutting Hay 25, 26
Getting Married 11, 12
Setting Eggs 11, 12, 19, 20
Fishing 3–17



  • A growing Moon and a flowing tide are lucky times to marry.
  • Days following both the New and Full Moons are most likely to be rainy or stormy.
  • Crabbing, shrimping, and clamming are best when the Moon is full.




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.


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 asteroidVesta, 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.