According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA, Mars will be in hive during June 1 and 2. The Red Planet will pass through the Beehive Cluster, also known as Presepe or M44.
It is a well-known open star cluster located approximately 600 light-years away in the constellation of Cancer. The pair will be an excellent sight through binoculars or a small telescope, with a glimpse of faint stars surrounding Mars’ rust-colored disk.
On the other hand, the crescent Moon will pass through the 20th to the 22nd, making for an especially beautiful grouping on the evening of June 21st.
june astronomical calendar
- June 1 and 2: Mars is in the Beehive Cluster (M44). Look for the Red Planet in the west after dark. With the help of binoculars or a small telescope, you can see the background of bright stars in this open star cluster.
- June 3: Full moon.
- June 18: Amavasya.
- June 21: The crescent Moon will form a beautiful group with Venus and Mars at night. The curious can see it in the west direction after sunset.
- June 21: June Solstice comes. To the north, this will be the longest day of the year, as the Sun traces its highest and longest path across the sky. The situation is reversed in the Southern Hemisphere, where the shortest days of the year occur during the cold winter months.
It’s important to remember that the June summer solstice helped the ancient Greeks understand the shape of our planet with remarkable accuracy over 2,200 years ago. He was also the first to calculate the tilt of the Earth’s axis, which is ultimately responsible for the solstices and the seasons themselves.
events throughout the month
According to NASA, throughout June you’ll be able to see the stars of the Summer Triangle: Vega, Deneb and Altair, rising in the east a few hours after sunset. They grow earlier each month in the summer.
In addition, the two brightest stars will be visible in the first hours after dark, these being Spica and Arcturus (for Northern Hemisphere skygazers). Southern Hemisphere observers will find the bright stars Alpha Centauri and Hadar, along with the stars in the constellation Crux, in their south-facing view.
planets visible in june
Throughout June, Mars and Venus will approach each other in the western sky after sunset. The pair will appear a little lower in the sky each day.
Similarly, Saturn will lead Jupiter into the new day. The ringed planet will rise around midnight, with Jupiter following a few hours later.