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The starry sky in June: these phenomena can be observed

The starry sky in June: these phenomena can be observed

Updated on 07/06/2022 at 17:01

  • The June sky has a lot to offer.
  • Among other things, the largest moon of the year, four bright planets and the Milky Way can be seen.
  • These are the best times to watch the stars.

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Long days, short nights – not good conditions for stargazing. With a little luck and the right timing, you’ll still find what you’re looking for in June. The full moon on June 14 can be seen more clearly. Not only was the moon full on that day, but it was also as close as possible to Earth. 357,500 km “only” separate the celestial bodies from each other – Almost 27,000 kilometers less than usual. This makes the moon appear larger than usual. However, the difference is not visible to the naked eye. But what is remarkable is the brightness of the moon and its effect on the shape of the tides.

Seeing bright planets and the Milky Way

In the second half of the month, the moon moves on the bright four planets Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn last. It’s also easy to see in June. Before sunrise it appears as a luminous string of stars in the southeast to the east. The best time to enjoy all four planets at the same time is around 4:15 AM.

It is worth not only getting up early, but also staying awake: when it is dark enough, the Milky Way can be seen in all its glory. Optimal conditions prevail on the nights of the new moon on June 29. Then the star strip extends across the horizon to the south. At the beginning of the month they can be found in the southeast.

The longest day of the year

The summer solstice on June 21st is less suitable for stargazing, but it presents another natural spectacle in northern latitudes: the midnight sun. While the sun never sets there, it gets dark at least for a short time in this country. Complete darkness is preceded by the blue hour, which lasts about three and a half hours. There are 16 hours between sunrise and sunset on the longest day of the year.

Read also: When night turns into day: Amazing facts about the summer solstice

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