This page shows a brief summary of what interesting things we can see in the sky this month.
A more detailed version of 'What's Up' this month is available as a downloadable Word document right at the bottom of this page.
There is a 53% Solar Eclipse on the 30th but not visible from the UK.
The phases of the Moon are as follows:
Darkest nights for observing will be during the start and end of the month.
Mercury is visible in the morning close to Venus at the end of the month.
Venus is still brilliant in the North East before sunrise.
Mars rises at 2:00am near Jupiter
Jupiter rising at 01:30am in the East and is the brightest object about.
Saturn rises in the south east at about 00:30 am
Uranus has emerged from behind the Sun.
Neptune rises about 01:00am.
No bright comets forecast.
As mentioned above, June is not a good month for observing deep sky, due to the lack of darkness. However, if you are holidaying in Cornwall or the Mediterranean, it is a little darker down South so try for Sagittarius and Scorpius which hide a wealth of bright clusters and the huge star cloud that is the centre of the Galaxy. June is also the best time to observe and photograph noctilucent clouds. Try some doubles like Albireo, the 'beak' of the swan (Cygnus) is a beautiful blue and orange double. Iota Librae is a double in binoculars but telescopes reveal a third and fourth companion.
The Sky at night on Sunday June 12th, 10:00pm on BBC4. Repeated Thursday June 16th at 7:30pm on BBC4. Subject: The Astronomer Royal