Bruce McClure
Moon, Jupiter and Saturn in June evening sky.

Strawberry Moon and Jupiter from dusk to dawn

The crest of the moon’s full phase comes on June 17, 2019, at 8:31 UTC. On both June 16 and 17, the moon will appear full to the eye as it shines close to the king planet Jupiter all night long.

Bright moon swings by the star Antares and planet Jupiter from June 14 to 16, 2019.

Moon to sweep by Jupiter and star Antares

These next several evenings – June 14, 15 and 16, 2019 – watch for the moon to sweep to the north of the red supergiant star Antares and then the king planet Jupiter.

Two Friday the 13ths in 2019

Do you have friggatriskaidekaphobia … an irrational fear of Friday the 13th? Today isn’t Friday the 13th. But it is exactly 13 weeks before a Friday the 13th in September. Then, exactly 13 weeks after that, 2019’s second Friday the 13th will fall in December. Zoinks!

Earliest sunrises before summer solstice

Are you an early riser? If so – if you live in the Northern Hemisphere – you might know your earliest sunrises of the year are happening now. Southern Hemisphere? Your earliest sunsets are around now.

Moon near Spica, Virgo's brightest star, on June 11 and 12, 2019.

Moon and Spica on June 11 and 12

Spica is the brightest star in Virgo the Maiden. Learn this stars place in starlore, here.

Alphecca, the jewel in the Northern Crown

Alphecca. Gemma. Alpha Coronae Borealis or simply Alpha Cor Bor. They’re all names for one star – the brightest star in the constellation Northern Crown.

Mercury and Mars are starlike dots in a twilight sky, with Mercury closer to the horizon.

Watch these 2 planets: Mercury and Mars

They’re not the brightest planets in the sky now, and they’re visible only briefly after sunset. But – around June 17, 18 and 19 – Mercury and Mars will have the closest conjunction of 2 planets for 2019.

The moon passes in front of the constellation Leo the Lion on June 8 and 9, 2019.

Moon in Leo the Lion on June 8 and 9

These next few nights – June 8 and 9, 2019 – use the moon to locate Leo’s bright star Regulus. Once the moon leaves the evening sky, starting around the solstice, try to piece together the starlit figure of the Lion in a dark sky.

Southern Cross: A southern sky signpost

If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, this is a good time of year to for the Southern Cross in your southern sky, as soon as darkness falls.

Young moon swings by the planets Mercury and Mars in early June 2019.

Young moon, Mercury, Mars on June 4 to 6

These next several days – on June 4, 5 and 6, 2019 – use the young moon to find the planets Mercury and Mars. Then watch for the Mercury-Mars conjunction around June 17 and 18.