June 2022 Astronomical Highlights
The Visible Planets
Mercury is lost in the glare of the rising Sun this month from our latitude. However, a more southerly latitude would bring Mercury higher in the sky before sunrise making it visible from that location.
Venus is the bright beacon of light that rises just before the Sunrise along the east-northeast horizon. As the month progresses Venus does get a little higher in the east-northeastern sky, but it never strays far from the glare of the rising Sun. On the morning of June 26, look for a very slim waning crescent Moon just to the north of Venus. Venus starts the month within the constellation of Aries, the ram, but by June 17 it will have moved into the adjacent zodiac constellation of Taurus, the bull.
Mars can be seen rising in the east shortly after Jupiter at around 3:00 a.m. at the start of the month and around 2:00 a.m. by the end of the month. Mars traverses the zodiac constellation of Pisces, the fish, moving eastward through the constellation over the month. During the predawn hours of June 22, you can find Mars shining near the waning crescent Moon.
Jupiter is the brilliant point of light seen shining about 10 degrees above the east-southeastern horizon at sunrise early in the month. By the end of the month, Jupiter can be found about 23 degrees above the southeastern horizon by sunrise. Jupiter is found in the constellation of Pisces, the fish, from the start of the month until June 25, when it slowly moves into the constellation of Cetus, the sea monster. Look for Jupiter above the Last Quarter Moon in the predawn hours of June 21.
Saturn rises at around 2:00 a.m. at the start of the month along the east-southeastern horizon and then by 12:00 a.m. by the end of the month. Saturn is located within the constellation of Capricornus, the sea goat, near the star that marks the tail of the sea goat, Deneb Algiedi. In the predawn hours of June 18, Saturn can be found above the waning gibbous Moon.
June 7 First Quarter Moon
June 14 Full Moon (The Strawberry Moon) Supermoon!
June 20 Last Quarter Moon
June 28 New Moon
International Space Station (ISS) Observable Passes
During the month of June 2022 there are no observable passes of the ISS for most of the month. Early morning passes of the ISS will begin again during the morning hours on June 30.
From June to late July, noctilucent clouds can be seen from the Edmonton area. Look for these extremely high, pearly blue clouds, in the northern sky.
June 6 David Scott’s 90th Birthday (Apollo 15 Moon walker)
June 13 Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Edmonton Centre meeting
7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Zoom virtual meeting due to COVID-19
Free to attend.
See http://www.edmontonrasc.com for more details.
June 14 Full Moon at perigee (so called Supermoon)
June 16 Mercury at greatest western elongation of 23 degrees from the Sun
June 18-26 Look for all the naked eye planets lined up in our predawn sky! You can see Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn stretched from the east-northeastern sky all the way to the southeastern sky. The Moon passes by each of these planets during this period as well for an extra bonus.
June 19 Father’s Day
June 21 Summer Solstice takes place at exactly 3:14 a.m. MDT.
National Aboriginal Day
June 30 Asteroid Day