Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of June, 2012:
June 3— Moon at perigee (its closest point to the Earth), 9 a.m.
June 4— Full Strawberry Moon, 7:12 a.m. The visible Moon is fully illuminated by direct sunlight. Though the Moon is only technically in this phase for a few seconds, it is considered “full” for the entire day of the event, and appears full for three days.
June 4— Partial Eclipse of the Moon. Moon Enters Penumbra: 4:46 a.m. – Moon Enters Umbra: 5:59 a.m. – Maximum Eclipse: 7:03 a.m. – Moon Leaves Umbra: 8:07 a.m. – Moon Leaves Penumbra: 9:20 a.m. – Magnitude of the Eclipse: 0.376.
June 11— Last Quarter Moon, 6:41 a.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.
June 14— Earliest sunrise of the year at latitude 40° N.
June 15— Moon at apogee (its farthest point to the Earth), 9 p.m.
June 19— New Moon, 11:02 a.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.
June 20 — Summer Solstice, 7:07 p.m. The Sun reaches its farthest point north of the celestial equator.
June 26— First Quarter Moon, 11:30 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.
June 27 — BoÃ¶tids meteor shower. This should be a favorable year fro this this unpredictable shower, which peaks during daylight hours, but may still be seen near sunset, directly overhead.