May/June night sky

We are half way through May and there are still fun things to see in the night sky. Virgo and Coma Berenices are still high in the sky, if you love galaxies, this is the place to look! Ophiucus will be prominent in the southeastern sky. Ophiucus has some amazing star clusters to look at, some even to see with the naked eye. Ursa Major will be prominent as well.

A special happening on May 26th is a total lunar eclipse if you are willing to get up early in the morning! For more information on this lunar eclipse, see https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2021-may-26

Duration 3 hours, 44 minutes, 6 seconds

Duration of totality:14 minutes, 28 seconds

Penumbral begins:May 26 at 1:47:39 am

Partial begins:May 26 at 2:44:58 am

Full begins:May 26 at 4:11:26 am

Maximum:May 26 at 4:18:42 am

Full ends:May 26 at 4:25:54 am

Moonset:May 26 at 5:31:45 am

Partial ends:Moon below horizon

Penumbral ends:Moon below horizon

June:

Moon:


Last quarter

June 2, 2021

12:26:04 AM

242,011 miles
New moonJune 10, 202103:54:05 AM250,735 miles
First quarterJune 17, 202108:54:44 PM231,660 miles
Full moonJune 24, 202111:40:14 AM228,003 miles

June is the month of less dark viewing for astronomers, but there is still much to see! Scorpius and Sagittarius are starting to be seen in the southeast and this really signifies the start of summer constellations. When looking between Sagittarius and Scorpius, you are looking towards the center of our galaxy so there are many objects to see, including star clusters, nebulae and so much more. Summer solstice is on June 20th. Saturn and Jupiter will be starting to rise again in the late hours. Venus will also be in the west in the evening. I will delve more into Sagittarius and Scorpius for July as that is the time they are best to view in.

The night sky on June 1, 2021 courtesy of Heavens Above