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Night Sky for June 2022

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June 2022 Guide to the Sun, Moon, Stars, and Bright Planets

Bob Berman
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For the rest of June, all FIVE bright planets will be visible at the same time—and move into a rare alignment in their exact order from the Sun! See Bob Berman’s highlights of the June sky for details.

Sky Watch for June 2022

by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2022 Old Farmer’s Almanac.

The predawn action continues, with Venus now getting low in the east, bright Jupiter above dimmer orange Mars, and Saturn highest up and to the right of the others.

June 14: A Supermoon!

June’s Full Moon rises on Tuesday, June 14, and it’s a supermoon, meaning that the Moon turns full the same day that it arrives at its closest point to the Earth.

A “supermoon” full Moon seems to appear bigger and brighter, and there is a greater range in low-to-high ocean tides.

June’s Moon is traditionally called the “Strawberry Moon.”  Find out why and get viewing tips on the June Full Moon page.

Now to Month’s End: Rare Planetary Alignment!

All five naked-eye planets (those that can be seen without telescopes or binoculars) are now in the morning sky appearing in a near-perfect alignment. The last time this happened was December, 2004.

Look 45 minutes before sunrise toward the eastern horizon. From left to right is Mercury (very near the horizon). Then go star hopping to dazzling Venus, red Mars, bright Jupiter, and creamy Saturn.

Credit: NASA.

The planets appear as a string of pearls in a gentle arc across the eastern/southeastern sky. (Of course, they appear this way to us from Earth; as viewed from space, it’s another picture. And in the Southern Hemisphere, the planets line up the other way round!)

Use the Moon as a Guide

By the 18th of June, watch the crescent Moon pay a visit! Track the Moon’s path as passes all 5 planets in their order from the Sun:

  • Look for the Moon below Saturn on the 18th,
  • below Jupiter on the 21st,
  • to the right of Mars on the 22nd,
  • above Venus on the 26th,
  • and above Mercury on the 27th, just above the eastern horizon.

Best View of Planetary Alignment: June 23 and 24 

The best view of all 5 planets plus the Moon is June 23 and June 24. You’ll need a clear view to the eastern horizon just 45 minutes before sunrise as the sky lightens. Set your alarm. and bring binoculars for a better view! 

Credit: NASA.

Summer Solstice on June 21

Summer in the Northern Hemisphere begins with the solstice on Tuesday, June 21, this year. On the solstice, the Northern Hemisphere enjoys the longest daylight hours of the year. Here’s everything you need to know about the summer solstice!

June Stargazing

Click here for the June Sky Map to see a start chart for this month