This Month’s Sky – June 2015


What’s Up in the Sky
AAA Observers’ May Guide 
By Tony Faddoul
June’s Evening Planets: Venus can be found in Cancer the Crab until 11 PM. Bright Jupiter will between Cancer the Crab and Leo the Lion until midnight, setting earlier every morning until 11 PM by the end of the month. Find Saturn between Scorpius the Scorpion and Libra the Scales all night. Dwarf p planet Pluto will be in Sagittarius the Archer by11 PM, rising earlier every night through the month.
June’s Evening Stars: Spot the Summer Triangle of Vega in Lyra the Harp, Deneb in Cygnus the Swan, and Altair in Aquila the Eagle all night. Spot Spica in Virgo the Virgin, Antares in Scorpius the Scorpion, Arcturus in Boötes the Herdsman. Also find the stars of constellations Cassiopeia, Draco, Virgo, Hercules, Ophiuchus, Leo, Pegasus, and the two Dippers during the month.
June’s Morning Planets: Saturn is up between Scorpius the Scorpion and Libra the Scales until sunrise and setting earlier every night at 3 AM by the end of the month. Neptune will be in Aquarius the Water Bearer as of 2 AM, rising earlier every morning by midnight at the end of June. Uranus will be in Pisces rising one hour after Neptune. Mercury is in Taurus the Bull during the second half of June for about an hour before sunrise. Dwarf planet Pluto will be in Sagittarius the Archer until sunrise.
June’s Morning Stars: Spot the Summer Triangle of Vega in Lyra the Harp, Deneb in Cygnus the Swan, and Altair in Aquila the Eagle. Look for reddish Antares in Scorpius the Scorpion, Arcturus in Bootes the Herdsman, along with the stars of constellations Lyra, Hercules, Scorpius, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Capricornus, Aries, Ophiuchus, Pegasus, Cassiopeia, Draco, and the two Dippers.
June “Skylights”
June 2   Full Moon at 12:20 PM
June 9   Last Quarter Moon at 11:45 PM
June 10 Moon at perigee (229,725 miles from Earth)
June 11 Mercury is stationary
June 12 Neptune is stationary
June 14 Mercury is north of the moon 10:00 PM
June 16 New Moon at 10:05 AM
June 19 Jupiter is 5° north of the moon (sunset)
June 21 Summer solstice 12:40 PM
June 23 Moon at apogee (251,115 miles from Earth) June 24 First Quarter Moon at 7:03 AM
Times given in EDT