1 First Quarter
3 Moon passes Jupiter
8 Moon at apogee (252,526 miles from Earth)
9 Full Moon – “Strawberry Moon” – passes Saturn
11 Moon passes Pluto
16 Moon passes Neptune
17 Last Quarter
19 Moon passes Uranus
20 Moon passes Venus
22 Moon passes Aldebaran
23 New Moon, at perigee (222,412 miles from Earth) will cause extra high and low tides for several days
24 Moon passes Mars and Mercury
27 Moon passes Regulus
30 First Quarter
NEWS OF THE WORLD
This is our last chance to see Mars (mag.-1.7), which sits low in the west, near Castor and Pollux in Gemini, for the first half of June and then disappears into the solar glare. It will reappear in the morning sky, but not until fall.
Much more prominent is Jupiter (mag.-2.2), which is high in the southern sky in Virgo and can be observed until it sets after midnight. Saturn (mag.0.0) reaches opposition on June 15 in Ophiuchus and is visible all night. The rings are tilted 27° toward us, the widest since 2003.
There’s also a lot to get up early for this month. Neptune (mag.7.9) rises toward morning in Aquarius, and Uranus (mag.5.9) follows, in Pisces. Venus (mag.-4.4) passes Uranus June 1-3, and reaches greatest elongation (46° west of the Sun) on June 3. The waning crescent Moon visits our brightest planet on the morning of June 20.
Mercury (mag.-0.4) is visible in the morning sky for the first part of June, then disappears behind the Sun, reaching superior conjunction on June 21. Our innermost planet pops up in the evening sky just a few days later, meeting Mars and a very young crescent Moon on the 24th.
The Summer Solstice occurs June 21 12:24 AM EDT. The longest day of the year is 15 hours and 18 minutes long.