Welcome to this month's Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer's Almanac. We'll tell you the best times to view celestial highlights, including conjunctions, meteor showers, and planets.
Sky Watch June 2015
by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2015 Old Farmer's Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)
- Venus reaches its greatest elongation from the Sun on the 6th of June and is near maximum brightness, though lower than during the past 2 months. Getting closer to brilliant Jupiter, it meets the Beehive star cluster on the 13th and 14th. The 14th also marks Mars’s passage behind the Sun, in a conjunction.
- The crescent Moon joins Venus and Jupiter on the 19th and 20th, respectively, creating truly eye-catching conjunctions at dusk. This is a rare chance to see a triple conjunction of the three brightest objects in the night sky! After sunset near dusk, look towards the western horizon. (You'll need to find an obstructed view.) First you'll see bright white Venus. Nearby is a fainter yellowish Jupiter and the thin crescent Moon.
The first day of summer begins with the summer solstice on the 21st, at 12:38 P.M. Read more on our summer solstice page.
- The nearly full Moon stands just above Saturn on the 28th. On the same day, a 5-day conjunction between Venus and Jupiter begins. Again, look near the western horizon at dusk.
Sky Map June 2015
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