June 2006

The New Moon for June occurs on June 25th making the weekend of June 24th-25th the best weekend for deep sky viewing.

The June’s Full Moon, also known as the Strawberry Moon, occurs on June 11th.

Summer starts in the Northern Hemisphere on June 21st marked by the Summer Solstice which marks the day with the least nighttime and the most daylight. In the Southern Hemisphere, Winter starts on June 21st.

Mercury is observable in the evenings all month right after sunset. Mercury starts out this month in the Constellation Taurus (The Bull). On June 3rd Mercury moves into the constellation Gemini (The Twins), and finally on June 25th Mercury joins the planets Saturn and Mars in the constellation Cancer (The Crab).

June 20, 2006
On June 20th Mercury reaches its Greatest Eastern Elongation reaching 24° 56’ separation from the Sun and sets about one hour and 40 minutes after the Sun. This offers the best evening viewing of Mercury away from the Sun.

Venus is the Morning Star this month and is available for a couple of hours before sunrise. Venus starts out this month in the constellation Aries (The Ram) until June 17th when it crosses into the constellation Taurus (The Bull).

June 23, 2006On June 23rd Venus will rise within 6° of the Star Cluster Pleiades, also known as M45, and within 9° of the waning crescent Moon.

Mars can be found all month in the constellation Cancer (The Crab). Mars is sharing Cancer with Saturn and on June 25th Venus also joins Mars in Cancer.

June 15-17, 2006 On June 15th & 16th Mars passes through the Beehive Cluster, also known as M44, as it approaches Saturn. On June 17th Mars passes within 0° 40’ of Saturn.

Jupiter can be found in the constellation Libra (The Balance) until December 2006. Jupiter can be found in the evening hours all month. Jupiter has been in retrograde motion since March 7th and will continue in retrograde until July 6th. Around June 8th Jupiter will be passed by the waxing gibbous Moon.

Saturn is located in the constellation Cancer (The Crab) until August 2006. For the first half of June, Saturn is in the immediate vicinity of the Beehive Cluster, also known as M44. Around June 15th & 16th Mars will pass through M44 and pass Saturn within 0° 40’ on June 17th. Saturn can be found in the early evening hours all June.

June 27, 2006
On June 27th, Saturn will set within 5° of the waxing crescent Moon.

Uranus is in the constellation Aquarius (The Water Bearer) until the year 2009. Uranus rises around 2:00 am at the beginning of June and by the end of June, Uranus is rising around midnight.

The morning of June 17th the waning gibbous Moon will pass Uranus coming within 2° of each other.

June 18, 2006
On June 19th, Uranus starts a retrograde motion, which will continue until November.

Neptune can be located in the constellation Capricornus (The Sea Goat) until the year 2010. Neptune is moving in retrograde motion until November 2006. Neptune rises around 12:30 am at the beginning of the month and by the end of the month it is rising around 10:30 pm.

June 14, 2006 On June 14th Neptune rises within 10° of a waning gibbous Moon.

Pluto is found in the constellation Serpens Cauda (The Snake’s Tail) until September 2006. Pluto is moving in retrograde motion until September 2006. Pluto is observable for the entire night for the whole month of June.

June 11, 2000On the evening of June 11th, Pluto rises within 14° of the Full Moon. Unfortunately this will make it difficult to observe.

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