June Astronomy

On June 24th, the planets are out for early risers.

On June 24th, the planets are out for early risers.

May 31, 2022| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

Both the calendar and the skies transition to summer this month, appropriately featuring the Summer Triangle rising in the east – Vega, highest and brightest in the northeast, Deneb nearer the horizon, and Altair to their right, all three wading within the returning Milky Way, climbing higher above the eastern horizon, stretching south to the Scorpion. The Big Dipper makes its descent into the northwest. The planets are all in the morning skies, with Saturn toward the south, angling left and lower to the much brighter Jupiter, followed by Mars, then the stunning Venus, and very briefly, Mercury sneaking into view, barely visible near the Solstice. The waning Moon tours its planetary cousins from the 18th through the 26, from 4:15 to 4:30 in the early twilight.

Find out the latest cosmological occurrences with the Eye on the Night Sky!

  • First Quarter Moon: June 7
  • Full “Strawberry” Moon: June 14
  • Last Quarter Moon: June 20
  • New Moon: June 28

Tags: astronomy, Fairbanks Night Owl, jupiter, Mark Breen, mars, mercury, night owl, venus