We’re looking at a real planets parade this June, with Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn, revealing themselves to the naked eye. Skywatchers can feast on the sight of the three planets from June 1 to 30 the same month.
Experts say that as soon as the sun sets, the sky becomes sufficiently dark to observe the three planets. South of the sky we have Jupiter, in the south-southeast shines Mars, while in the southeast glows Saturn.
Mars already made its closest approach to Earth at the end of last month, on May 30, but it’s not the last we’ll see of it. The planet will remain within the boundaries of the Libra constellation throughout the month. It will appear as a bright yellow-orange light in the east-southeast horizon, and you can spot it throughout the night.
Saturn has also reached opposition this month on June 3. In the remaining weeks of summer, we’ll still catch glimpses of Saturn as it fades away. Check out the evening sky of June 18. The planet is shining at a magnitude 0.0, which is quite bright for Saturn. It will show itself through shades of cream and butterscotch, but it’s best to use a telescope. Using a telescope, you can spot some of its moons, such as Titan, which is 50 percent larger than Earth’s moon. With the help of a telescope, you can also explore the gap between the planet’s ring.
In the west-southwest, we have Jupiter glowing brightly during June’s twilights. It’s the brightest of the three celestial bodies. June is the perfect month to enjoy the eclipses of its Galilean moons. The four Galilean moons of the planet can be easily viewed with the help of binoculars and telescopes. On June 11, the moon is located left of Jupiter. This means it’s a great time to observe Jupiter, as the moon acts as a bright marker for spotting it.
As if the planets parade this June wasn’t good enough, NASA assures that the PanStarrs comet will also be visible this month. Scientists advise astronomy enthusiasts to take advantage of this month’s celestial events and study Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn. And let’s not forget about this month’s other big event, the summer solstice on June 21.
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