Eye on the Sky

Here is our pick of what to look out for in the night sky during June 2019

Highlights

Evening Noctilucent Clouds Pale, ethereal, electric blue clouds that can be visible around midnight during the northern summer. At fifty miles they are the highest clouds that exist on the planet and are probably formed when ice condenses directly onto micro meteorites.
 

The Gas Giants

Both Saturn and Jupiter are visible during the hours of semi darkness.

The Planets

After sunset Jupiter Low in the south
By midnight Saturn Rising in the south east.

Night Sky Diary

3rd New Moon A beautiful crescent moon will be visible in the west around sunset. See if you can spot the “Earthshine” on the dark part.

4th – 16th

Waxing Moon The best time for evening Moon watching is during the waxing phase. The most interesting area to look at is the line that separates night from day on our satellites’ surface. Along that line the rising sun casts long shadows and highlights the rugged lunar landscape. The view is constantly changing as the lunar sunrise progresses.

Constellation of the Month

Hercules

Hercules can be found in between Bootes and Cygnus. It is named after the Greek hero Hercules.

Naked Eye Asterism

The four stars in the middle of the constellation are known as the Keystone because of their shape.

Binoculars Globular Clusters

M13 is a ball of half a million stars. Look for it about a third of the way along a line extending from Eta to Zeta Hercules the two westernmost stars in the Keystone. It’s fuzzy appearance will give it away when compared to nearby stars. It can be spotted with the naked eye from the Dark Sky Park under suitable conditions.

M92 can be found about one binocular field width to the south west of Iota Herculis. This is one of the oldest globular clusters known and is in fact almost as old as the universe itself.