Tour June's Sky by Eye and Ear!
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, June offers the shortest nights of the year. This month's solstice occurs on the 21st at 1:04 a.m. EDT. Astronomically speaking, that's when summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern Hemisphere.
June begins with Moon-free evening skies. New Moon comes on the 8th, and Full Moon on the 23rd. Algonquin tribes called this the Full Strawberry Moon, to mark the peak season for harvesting those sweet delights. But Europeans knew it as the Rose Moon.
In early June, if you've got a clear view toward the western horizon, you'll see something of a planetary traffic jam just above the sunset point. Jupiter is spending its very last days in the evening sky, but Venus is rising to take its place. And Mercury is making its best evening appearance of the year.
Saturn is situated along the zodiac, perched in eastern Virgo not far from the hard-to-find constellation Libra. To find out how to spot Libra — and other sky sights — download this month's 6-minute-long audio sky tour.