In the June 2016 Sky Watch you’ll find stargazing highlights and astronomy tips on what to see in this month’s night sky; check back each month for updates on the planets, Moon phases, Full Moon, conjunctions, meteor showers, solstices, equinoxes, and eclipses, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Sky Watch June 2016
by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac. (Note: Times listed below are ET.)
June highlights of the night sky:
A fabulous planet month!
- Saturn, in Ophiuchus, attains opposition on the 3rd. Its icy reflective rings, tilted wide “open,” are stunning through telescopes and give Saturn its brightest appearance in more than a decade.
- On the 6th, Venus reaches its invisible superior conjunction. Its alignment with the Sun and Earth is so perfect that it is actually occulted by the Sun.
- Mars, still brilliant, retrogrades into Libra; like Saturn, it remains out all night long.
- Jupiter beats them both in brightness and doesn’t set until after midnight.
- The Moon hovers to the left of Jupiter on the 11th and sits above Saturn on the 18th.
- Summer begins with the solstice on the 20th, at 6:34 P.M.
For a full year of Sky Watch—plus astronomical information—pick up a copy of The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Sky Map June 2016
Use our Sky Maps (Star Charts) to locate the stars, planets, and other objects in the sky.
We offer printable sky maps, too, to help you know what you’re seeing when you look up!