June 2019 Sky

Observing Tips

If possible, observe at a dark location and when the Moon is not bright. A bright Moon will make it more difficult to see the stars and impossible to see clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Only a small telescope at lower magnifications, around 50x, is required to see the objects listed below. The planets and Moon are best observed with a telescope around 100x.

Moon Phases

New Moon.

Monday June 3


First Quarter.

Monday June 10


Full Moon.

Monday June 17


Last Quarter.

Tuesday June 25

June Notes

At the zenith is the ice cream cone-shaped BOOTES, punctuated by Arcturus, the 3rd brightest star in the whole sky. To its east side is CORONA BOREALIS and HERCULES. Farther north is URSA MAJOR, containing the Plough whose handle curves and points to Arcturus and then “speeds on” to Spica in VIRGO. Leo is dominate in the west with its reverse question mark, the Sickle, punctuated by the kingly star, Regulus. In the east, CYGNUS, the Northern Cross, lies on it side. Along the southwest horizon, you will find SAGITTARIUS and SCORPIUS and between them is the thickest part of the Milky Way band because it is the direction to centre of our Milky Way galaxy where a giant black hole resides.

Objects marked with  are best with binoculars, or a small telescope, because these objects are large in size.

Clusters, Nebulae & Galaxies

Albireo. This 3rd magnitude star becomes two stars, a blue and gold splendour, in a telescope with just 50x.

 Coma Cluster. Sprinkle of 40+ stars. Appears as a faint haze in dark skies. In COMA BERENICES.

 Coat hanger Cluster. Ten stars that form the shape of a wire coat hanger. In VULPECULA.

 IC4665. A cluster of 30 stars that is best in binoculars. It spans an area larger than the Moon. In OPHIUCHUS.

 Kemble’s Cascade. Twenty magnitude 8 stars in a 2.5° line. The middle star is a “bright” 5th mag. In CAMELOPARDALIS.

M4. Globular Cluster. Distance: 7,200 ly, Mag 5.6. Contains 10,000+ stars. In SCORPIUS.

M13. Globular Cluster. Distance: 21,000 ly, Mag 5.8. Contains 500,000 stars. In HERCULES. Try it with binoculars too.

M22. Globular Cluster. Distance: 10,400 ly, Mag 5.1. 100,000+ stars. In SAGITTARIUS. Whilst this is a tricky target due to it being very low on the horizon, it’s worth trying for it.

M57. Ring Nebula (Planetary). Distance: 1360 ly, Mag 9. In LYRA. Remnants of a dying star.

M81/82. Bode’s Galaxies. Visible in many light polluted skies. M82 shaped like a cigar. Mags 6.8/8.1. In URSA MAJOR. M81 may be observable with binoculars under dark skies.

M104. Sombrero Galaxy. Distance: 48 million ly, Mag 8.1. In VIRGO.

Mizar. Two stars with good eyes or binoculars. Three stars with a telescope at 50x. Located in the handle of the Plough.

Meteor Showers

The ARIETIDS which peak around June 10 with 54 meteors/hour.