Here are the Moon phases in the Northern hemisphere for June 2010 and other interesting things of note in the sky.
4th June: Last Quarter
12th June: New Moon
19th June: First Quarter
26th June: Full Moon
As the Sun begins to sink to the West in the first week of June, be sure to look out for Mars edging closer, in our line of sight, to Regulus in the constellation of Leo.
Mars and Regulus in the June night sky.
(N.B. The sky won’t be as dark as in the image above, but with a clear sky you should still see both Mars and Regulus in the South / South West as the Sun sets.)
The difference between Mars and Regulus should be quite striking, as Mars will be orange-red in colour and Regulus, blue-white. Mars will be within just 1degree of Regulus, the ‘King star’ on June 6th 2010.
It’s the summer solstice on 21st June 2010. At this time, the Sun reaches its apparent northernmost extreme from the celestial equator, as a result of the Earth’s tilted axis.
The National Maritime Museum in the UK has a nice article explaining the ins and outs of solstices and equinoxes.
And from the chap who brought us the beautiful “The Cloud Collector’s Handbook” comes another pocket-sized hardback that you’ll find indispensable; “The Wavewatcher’s Companion” by Gavin Pretor-Pinney.
If you’ve ever thought about waves, you’ll be well on your way to tuning into this delightful 336 page exploration of life’s undulations, big and small.
Some other things to keep you ticking over for June: