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What’s in tonight’s night sky for June 2023? The summer solstice brings one of the year’s best conjunctions between the Moon and our two neighboring planets! Bob Berman highlights the month’s best, most visible stargazing events. Take a look …
Sky Watch for June 2023
Serious skywatchers can now find Mercury as a morning star at 5 A.M. if they look low in the east far to the lower left of brilliant Jupiter.
June 3: Full Strawberry Moon
Get out the strawberries and cream! June’s Moon is traditionally called the “Strawberry Moon.” Find out why and get viewing tips on the June Full Moon page.
June 4: In dusk’s fading twilight on the 4th, Venus stands 45 degrees from the Sun, in Cancer, at magnitude –4.4. A much dimmer Mars can be seen to its upper left.
June 14: Early risers can see a Jupiter and crescent Moon conjunction in the predawn twilight.
June 21: A Summer Solstice Spectacle!
June 21: The 21st marks the first day of summer for the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day of 2023 in the Northern Hemisphere. On the 21st, about 40 minutes after the Sun sets at its rightmost possible position, a gorgeous three-way conjunction of Venus, Mars, and the crescent Moon occurs. Look first for the slender crescent Moon first; Venus is the very bright planet (-4.4 magnitude), just to the Moon’s left (3° away).
June 22: On the next evening, the 22nd, a dim Mars (1.7 magnitude) hovers halfway between the crescent Moon and Venus; look for the reddish planet around 10 P.M.
The month of June ends with Venus’s absolute maximum brilliance, which arrives on the 30th and is maintained through July 20.