June Bright Planets and Stars
Welcome the Almanac Sky Watch for June 2019! We’re here to help backyard stargazers navigate the night sky—from bright planets to constellations.
Sky Watch June 2019
by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac
- The thin crescent Moon hangs to the right of Venus on the 1st, very low in the east during dawn’s first light.
- Mercury is an evening star, not difficult to see in the west during the first half of the month.
- It closely meets Mars on the 18th, but both are low in evening twilight; use binoculars.
- Jupiter reaches opposition on the 10th and shines at magnitude –2.6, its brightest of the year, in the constellation Ophiuchus
- Jupiter is joined by the full Moon on June 16.
- Rising at sunset, Jupiter dominates as the night’s brightest “star.” Far to its right floats Antares, the supergiant alpha star of Scorpius. Far to Jupiter’s left hovers bright but not dazzling Saturn, which now rises at nightfall.
- Summer begins with the solstice, on the 21st at 11:54 a.m.
See our June Sky Map for a free, printable star chart to navigate the night sky! This month, we highlight the solstice!