If you stay up late, or get up early, you can see all 5 bright planets in June 2020. Spot Mercury as dusk gives way to darkness in early June. Venus emerges from the dawn glare before mid-month. Jupiter and Saturn – now nearly at their best – rise mid-to-late evening and shine until dawn. Mars lights up the predawn sky.
View larger. | V. Srinivasagopalan caught both Venus (below) and Jupiter on September 22, 2018 from Bangalore, India. Remember, Venus is going into the sunset in October, 2018. Watch for it soon!
Multiple climate factors indicate above-normal activity is most likely, according to NOAA’s 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook.
The flight deck of NOAA Lockheed WP-3D Orion N42RF during a 2017 flight into Hurricane Harvey. Image via Lt. Kevin Doreumus/ NOAA
The World Meteorological Organization manages the formal system by which hurricanes receive their names. Find hurricane names for 2020 here.
2020 has had 2 named storms already, Arthur
, both in May. This is Arthur at peak intensity on May 18, 2020. Image via NASA Worldview/ Wikimedia Commons
Photos – taken through telescopes, or with other optical aid – from the EarthSky community. The brightest planet Venus is now in a thin crescent phase as viewed from Earth. Venus will go between us and the sun on June 3.
View at EarthSky Community Photos
. | Vlad Dumitrescu
in Romania caught the extremely narrow crescent of Venus on May 31, 2020. Vlad wrote: "I had a window of a few hours to shoot Venus at 57.5 arcseconds
diameter and 0.4% illumination after a couple of rainy days ... At less than 5 degrees from the sun and with half the mirror of my Newtonian
lit by our big ball of plasma, it was an incredible sight ... the blue velvet sky and the bright thin crescent looked like something out of Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey
." Thank you, Vlad! You'll need optical aid to find Venus after sunset in the coming days. Venus will pass between us and the sun on June 3 and afterwards reappear in the morning sky. Thank you, Vlad!