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June’s Astronomy Events

The June sky is not as active as other months, however we still have a few interesting things to observe such as the daytime Aretids meteor shower, which peaks on June 7th and can be seen best in the dark hour before dawn.  We can also observe the Bootids meteor shower, which peaks on June 27th.  This month features the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day of the year, which takes place on June 20th.

All images are from SkySafari 6 and can be clicked on for a full screen version.


01 – The early morning sky provides a beautiful view of Mars, the moon and Saturn, aligned across the eastern horizon.  With Mars shining at magnitude +1.02 in the constellation Pisces, and Saturn at magnitude +1.03 in the constellation Aquarius.

Mars, the moon, and Saturn in a pleasing line across the eastern horizon before dawn. Click for full-screen.

02 –  The waning crescent moon is at perigee, its closest approach to earth, seen during the early morning hours.  It is shining at 19% illumination.

Mars is picked out by the waning crescent moon before dawn. Click for full-screen.

27 – Saturn shines brightly in the early morning sky at magnitude +0.92.  There will be a lunar occultation of Saturn today, where the moon will pass between the Earth and Saturn.

This time, the moon pays a visit to Saturn. They’re about 3° apart before dawn. Click for full-screen.
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