Summer begins on June 20th when the Summer Solstice occurs. The Summer Solstice occurs when the tilt of the Earth is pointed directly toward the Sun. This point marks the beginning of Summer. The Summer Solstice has the longest amount of daylight and the shortest night.
The New moon for June occurs on Tuesday, June 3rd, which makes the previous weekend May 31st – June 1st as a great weekend for dark sky viewing. Also the next new moon will occur on Wednesday, July 2nd, this will make the last weekend in June, June 28th-29th, as a great weekend for dark sky observation.
Mercury is located in the constellation Taurus, the Bull, for the month of June. However, for most of the month, Mercury is hidden in the glare of the Sun. Around June 15th, Mercury will appear in the morning skies just before sunrise.
|Venus is hidden by the glare of the Sun as it moves into the evening sky and reappears at the end of the month, around June 27th.|
|On June 7th the Waxing, Crescent Moon will pass within 1°30’ of Mars.|
|On the last day of June, Mars will be in conjunction with the star Regulus passing within 0°45’.|
moves away until the end of the month when Saturn will be less than
4°45’ of the star.
On June 22nd-23rd, Neptune will be occulted by the waning, gibbous moon. Starting around 11:49pm (pst) and willl reappear around 12:59am (pst). Movie starts 11:15pm (pst) ends 01:10am (pst) - Each frame is one minute.
|The former planet, Pluto, is found in the constellation Sagittarius, the Archer, until the year 2023. This month Pluto is observable all night. This puts Pluto in excellent position for observation this month.||
Position of Pluto around Midnight, June 15.