Summer begins on June 20th (22:46 PDT) 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 Monday, June 22nd, which will make the weekend of June 20-21 the best weekend for dark sky viewing.
The Planet Mercury is observable during the morning hours all month
and reaches its Greatest Western Elongation on June 13 for the best
morning view in this orbit. On this date, Mercury will be 23°27′17″
from the sun.
Venus is the Morning Star all month and will reach its Greatest Western Elongation on June 5th, and will be 45°50′58″ from the sun. Venus begins June in the constellation Pisces (The Fish) until June 9th when it briefly crosses through the constellation Cetus (The Sea Monster). The next day, June 10th, Venus moves into the constellation Aries (The Ram) until it crosses into the constellation Taurus (The Bull) on June 28th, where it will spend the rest of the month.
Mars is observable in the morning hours of June, rising around 3:40 am (PDT) at the beginning of the month and rising around 2:45 am (PDT) by the end of the month. Mars is located in the constellation Aries (The Ram) for the entire month of June.
Jupiter is located in the constellation Capricorn (The Sea Goat) until January 2010. Jupiter is observable from the very late evening until sunrise this month. At the beginning of June Jupiter rises around 12:50 am (PDT) and by the end of the month Jupiter will rise around 10:50 pm (PDT).
Saturn is observable during the evening and late hours of June. Saturn sets around 1:40 am (PDT) at the beginning of the month and sets around 11:50 pm by the end of the month. Saturn is located in the constellation Leo (The Lion) until September.
Uranus is located in the constellation Pisces (The Fish) until October. Uranus can be observed during the morning hours this month. Uranus rises around 2:10 am (PDT) at the start of June and by the end is ring around 12:15 am (PDT).
June 15, 2009 - The relative position of Uranus in the sky for mid-June.
Neptune is located in the constellation Capricornus (The Sea Goat) until the year 2010. Neptune is observable during the morning hours of June, rising around 12:45 am (PDT) at the start of the month and rises around10:45 pm (PDT) by the end of June.
June 15, 2009 - The relative position of Pluto in mid-June.
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