Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of June, 2013:
June 8— New Moon, 11:56 a.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.
June 9— Moon at apogee (its farthest point to the Earth), 6:37 p.m.
June 11 — Gamma Delphinids. A very favorable possible return of this rarely seen shower.
June 12 — Mercury at greatest elongation east.
June 13— Earliest sunrise of the year at latitude 40° N.
June 16— First Quarter Moon, 1:24 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.
June 23— Moon at perigee (its closest point to the Earth), 7:02 a.m.
June 21 — Summer Solstice, 1:04 a.m. The Sun reaches its farthest point north of the celestial equator.
June 23— Full Strawberry Moon, 7:32 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’s full Moon with be a “supermoon,” meaning it coincides with the Moon’s perigee, or closest point to the Earth, making it larger in appearance and causing exceptionally high tides. It is also be the closest full Moon of 2013.
June 27— Latest sunset of the year at latitude 40° N.
June 27 — BoÃ¶tids meteor shower. This is expected to be an unfavorable year for this this unpredictable shower.
June 30— Last Quarter Moon, 12:54 a.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.