Early in June look for Mercury low in northwest sky over Langford after sunset.
Jupiter will be a little higher to the left. But by the end of June, Mercury is no longer visible and Jupiter will now be close to the horizon below the crescent moon.
It’s easy to spot Saturn and Mars when they pair up with the Moon. Looking Southwest over Port Angeles you will see Saturn then Mars to the right of the Moon.
At dawn, June 24, Venus is the bright object to the left of the Moon over Mount Baker.
Mark your calendar:
• Free UVic astronomy class every Wednesday.
• June 24: Venus is in the east at dawn over Mount Baker.
• June 25-30: Royal Astronomical Society of Canada have centennial convention at UVic in Victoria. Welcome to all the delegates. Clear skies to you all.
• June 28-29: at sunset, see Jupiter low in the western skies looking towards Japan. Jupiter is below the crescent Moon.
This summary is from the transcript of What’s Up In June 2014 by NASA announcer and astronomer Jane Houston Jones.
For more information on each event, NASA video and a sky map go to cattlepointstarpark.org
Clear Skies to all our readers.
– Bill Smith, volunteer at Cattle Point Dark Sky Urban Star Park