Here’s what’s going on in the sky during the month of June, 2015:
All times listed are Eastern Time and based on viewing from the Northern Hemisphere:
June 2— The Full Moon at 12:19 p.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 is called the Strawberry Moon. Learn more about this full Moon in the video below:
June 4— Moon and the planet Pluto will appear very close in the sky. Also, after the Sun rises, look for a daytime Moon.
June 5 — Heliacal rising* of Capella
June 6 — Venus reaches its greatest eastern (evening) elongation (45 degrees east) from the Sun. After the Sun sets in the west, Venus will be close behind.
June 9 — Last Quarter Moon, 11:42 a.m. In this phase, the Moon appears as a half Moon. One-half of the Moon is illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing, heading toward the New Moon phase.
June 9 — The planet Neptune is at its highest.
June 10 — The waning crescent Moon is at perigee, its closest point to the Earth. It will also be in ascending node. This is the point at which the Moon’s orbit crosses, from south to north, the plane of the Earth’s orbit.
June 14 – Earliest Sunrise in 2015. The earliest sunrises of the year happen around mid-June, despite the fact that the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, comes about one week later.
June 15 — Heliacal setting** of Capella
June 16 — New Moon 10:05 a.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight and is completely invisible to the naked eye. The Moon is also at its highest.
June 18 — Look to the west after the Sun sets to see the tiny waxing crescent Moon beneath the sky’s two brightest planets: Venus and Jupiter.
June 21 — The Summer Solstice, 12:38 p.m. This is when the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the celestial equator. Summer begins!
June 24 —First Quarter Moon, 7:03 a.m. In this phase, one-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.
June 25 —The waxing gibbous Moon pairs up with Spica. Spica is the 15th brightest star in the sky.
June 28 – Look for the waxing gibbous Moon and Saturn very close together in the night sky and inching toward the star Antares.
June 30 – Look for the Venus and Jupiter together paired up in the western night sky starting after the Sun sets.
* Heliacal Rising: The rising of a celestial object at the same time, or just before the Sun, or its first visible rising after a period of invisibility due to conjunction with the Sun.
** Heliacal Setting: When a star is overtaken by the sun and is lost in in its rays.