Sky Watch: June 2017

June 1, 2017
Universe at Night

Welcome to the June 2017 Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Here are the month’s night sky highlights, including conjunctions, meteor showers, and planets. 

Sky Watch June 2017

by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)

What’s up in June? Here are the highlights:

For a full year of Sky Watch—plus astronomical information—pick up a copy of The 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac.

  • Brilliant Jupiter is dramatically close to the Moon on Saturday night, June 3. Learn more about the Moon-Jupiter conjunction! Having retrograded into western Virgo, Jupiter is no longer above blue Spica.
  • The Moon stands to the left of Saturn on the 9th. The planet, its rings maximally wide open, comes its closest to Earth and makes its largest and brightest appearance of the year on the 15th. It has retrograded back into Ophiuchus, where it will remain until it vanishes in late autumn.
  • Summer begins with the solstice on the 21st at 12:24 a.m.  Read more about the Summer Solstice: First Day of Summer 2017!
  • In the predawn sky, the Moon is to the right of Venus on the 20th and below the planet on the 21st.
  • The Moon then again meets Jupiter on the 30th.

Sky Map June 2017

Sky Map June 2017Use 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!

Click here for our free June Sky Map!


The 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac

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bright light explosion in the sky??

At approx 11.45pm on 17 june 2017 with the naked eye did anyone else see a bright light in sky that looked like it was moving getting brighter then just disappear? my brother and I seen it but don't know what it was? it was in the Westerly part of the sky. (Ireland)