First Quarter: 1st
Full Moon: 9th
Last Quarter: 17th
New Moon: 24th
– Mercury is too close to the sun and not visible this month.
– Venus is extremely bright (-4.1 magnitude) this month. Look for it low (around 18*) in the east in the pre-dawn sky. There is no mistaking it.
– Mars sets about 90 minutes after the Sun, so Mars will be difficult to see this month because it will be low and lost in the glare of the setting Sun.
– Jupiter At the beginning of the month Jupiter is bright enough (-2.1 magnitude) to be spotted before sunset around 40* in the SSW. The King continues to dominate the evening sky. A strong pair of binoculars (use a tripod) or a small telescope will easily reveal the four Galilean moons (Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto). With steady conditions, you can see the bands on the planet.
– Saturn rises around 9:20 pm at the beginning of this month, and will rise earlier each night. By the end of June, it will rise around 7:15 pm. It will be at it’s closest to Earth on the June 15. It will be a pretty bright golden object in the eastern sky, (about 0.0 magnitude). It will be tipped at a good angle for viewing its rings this month, but as the month goes on, it will be lower and lower in the sky, meaning we have to look through more and more atmosphere to see it. So viewing quality will likely fall off as the month goes on. Catch it early in the month if you can.
– Uranus rises around 3:15 am at the beginning of June and 1:30 am by the end. At magnitude 5.8 it is barely visible to very keen eyes on a very dark, clear night…if you know where to look. Practically speaking you need binoculars or a telescope to spot this blue world. You won’t be able to see any detail, but at least you can say you have seen it!
– Neptune rises around 1:44 am at the beginning of June and by the end rises at 11:42 pm. With a magnitude of 7.9 it is far too dim to be spotted with the unaided eye. As with Uranus, you won’t be able to see any detail, but at least you can say you have seen it!