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The June Night Sky

The sky is not a painting, it's a movie. Stars pulse, flare, some explode as supernova, asteroids whiz by the earth, new comets appear in the sky, Aurora sets the northern skies ablaze and meteors streak through Earth's atmosphere.

 Astronomy Picture of the Day

See below Hubble site Tonight's Sky, highlights of this months night sky movie with narration below. Click on photo below.

The Full Moon for June

 The Full Strawberry Moon in June The name Strawberry Moon was names this by the  Algonquin tribe. Europeans call it Rose Moon.

Lunar Phases

First Quarter Moon June 5 4:39 pm EDT
Full Moon June 13 12:11 pm EDT
Last Quarter Moon June 19 2:39 pm EDT
New Moon June 27 4:08 pm EDT

June  Lunar Highlights

On June 10th, the crescent Moon passes just over a degree SE of Saturn and observers in Southern Hemisphere will actually see the Moon occult the planet. June 24, in the dawn sky of a waning crescent Moonmpasses just 2 to the right of brilliant Venus. On June 28th in the evening sky the waxing crescent Moon is about 6 to the lower left of Jupiter. 

The Planets Visibility for June


Evening sky WNW

Mercury midmonth is at -0.4 magnitude and a diameter of 00'.07" at phase 60.37. Mercury is beginning its best evening apparition of the year, and should be fairly easy to spot from about May 10th until early June. Look just after sunset low on the northwestern horizon, Mercury located in the constellation Taurus the Bull. On the 15th sets at 10:01 p.m.


Morning sky ESE

 Venus Shines brilliantly in the May morning sky rising at 4:34 a,m, Venus at midmonth is at -4.0 magnitude and a diameter of 00'.15" at phase 71.82. Venus is located in the constellation Pisces. On May 25th, a waning crescent approaches to within 2 of Venus before dawn. Venus and Uranus are only 0121'15" angular separation apart on the 15th and 0116'01" on the 16th. 


Evening-Morning sky SE-SW

Mars midmonth the 15th is at -0.9 magnitude and a diameter of 00'.13" at phase 94.55. Mars is already up after sunset visible in the SE and sets at 4:04 a.m. on the 15th, located in the constellation Virgo. Mars is about six degrees from the Moon on May 10th. Mars is best viewed when it is highest in the sky, look for it's reddish glow.

To see which part of the surface is visible at any time, check out the Mars Profiler at Sky & Telescope Magazine's web page.


 Evening sky WNW

Jupiter midmonth is at -2.0 magnitude and a diameter of 00'.34" located in the constellation Gemini  easily visible after sunset high in the western sky and sets at 12:29 a.m. Jupiter is the brightest object in the evening sky other than the Moon.

A small telescope will easily reveal four of Jupiter's largest and brightest moons. Check out Sky & Telescope's Jupiter Moons Utility for other configurations. Sky and Telescope Red Spot Calculator  


Evening SE-Morning SW Sky

Saturn midmonth the 15th is at magnitude 0.1 and diameter 00'.19" Saturn is already up after sunset in the east and sets at 6:17 a.m. Saturn is located in the constellation Libra. Saturn will reach opposition on May 10th. Through a small telescope Saturn will reveal the famous rings of the planet. Rings currently are 21.9 tilt. See: Saturn's moons locations


Morning Sky E

 Uranus at midmonth is at 5.9 magnitude and diameter 00'.03" rising 4:10 a.m. and located in the constellation Pisces. Uranus and Venus are only 0121'15" angular separation apart on the 15th and 0116'01" on the 16th. A moderate-sized telescope will show it as a green-gray disk. See finder charts: Sky & Telescope


Morning Sky SE

Neptune midmonth is at 7.9 magnitude and diameter 00'.02" rising 2:38 a.m. and is located in the constellation Aquarius. Neptune location is shown in graphic below. See finder charts: Sky & Telescope


Bright Asteroids

On midmonth asteroid Vesta is at magnitude 5.8 and Asteroid Ceres  at magnitude 7.0 and are only 0227'58" from each other. The asteroids are at opposition. The two asteroids are located in Virgo with both rising around 7:09 p.m.. They are both visible in binoculars See 2014 pdf finder charts: Chart

Dwarf Planets


 Pluto at midmonth rises midmonth at 12:32 a.m.. Pluto is at magnitude +14.1 and diameter 00'.00" amid the stars of the Milky Way of the constellation Sagittarius. A large telescope is needed to see this distant object.


No Comets Brighter than 8 Magnitude

For more on current Comets and locations see: Seiichi Yoshida web site here.


ee: American Meteor Society and Meteors Online also NASA All Sky Network

Some local links below to Heavens Above satellite information website.

Satellites Visible from York

Satellites visible from Hanover

Satellites visible from Gettysburg

Satellites visible from Lancaster

Satellites visible from Baltimore

Satellites visible from Harrisburg

Also see: Spaceflight NASA

 The Sun

Real time solar wind dials are linked live to the ACE Spacecraft.

 If the dial on the left (Magnetic Field) has dipped below zero, the speed is high and the dial dynamic pressure is in the yellow/red, be alert for Aurora. Anytime the gauges are in the Red and the dial on the left, the Magnetic Field BZ has dipped to the yellow-red... Aurora will be occurring in our area. See link to solar wind gauge here: REAL TIME SOLAR WIND

See explanation of  solar wind dials below by clicking on photo of dials

Solar Wind Dials


Use your hand to find degrees

NASA Night Sky Network Planner

Free download. AstroPlanner  

Download a free starmap at: Skymaps

Make your own starmap at: Star Finder

Download a free Planetarium for your computer at: Stellarium or Hallo Northern Sky Stellarium has many extra features.

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