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Here is a quick look at what’s happening astronomically in June 2014

Moon meets planets in June 2014
Moon meets planets in June 2014
D. Tobdreau

June is named after Roman goddess Juno, wife of Jupiter. Juno is known as a protector and special counselor of the state. She is associated with the Greek goddess Hera. June is the sixth month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars and one of the four months with a length of 30 days. June is the month with the longest daylight hours in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest daylight hours in the Southern Hemisphere.


  • Farthest to Earth: June 3 (251,627 miles mini Moon)
  • First Quarter Moon: June 5
  • Full Moon: June 12 (Strawberry Moon)
  • Closest from Earth: June 14 (224,977 super-size Moon)
  • Last Quarter Moon: June 19
  • New Moon: June 27

Planets Visible:

  • Early Evening:
    • Jupiter: look west, sets at mid-month
    • Mars: moves from the south to southwest during the month
    • Saturn: moves from the southeast to south during the month
  • Morning before sunrise:
  • Venus will be visible in the east all month


  • June 21: The Sun enters the astronomical constellation Gemini and the astrological sign Cancer


  • June 13: the equation of time is 0. One of four times a year sundials read the correct local mean time.
  • June 14: Earliest sunrise occurs at 5:31am MDT by a few seconds
  • June 21: The Summer Solstice occurs at 4:51am MDT
  • June 27: Latest sunset occurs at 8:32pm MDT by a few seconds


  • No major showers this month

Special Events:

  • June 1: Early evening looking west, the Moon is to the left Jupiter. Above Jupiter are the stars Pollux (left), and Castor (right) the Gemini twins.
  • June 7: Chamberlin Observatory Open House weather permitting. The observatory’s 20” telescope and telescopes belonging to members of the Denver Astronomical Society will be available for viewing. Click here for more information. (Note: next month the 120th anniversary of the Chamberlin Observatory will be celebrated om July 19th in an all day and evening event)
  • June 7: Early evening looking south, the Moon will be next to Mars
  • June 8: Early evening looking south, the Moon is next to Spica (lower left) in the constellation Virgo.
  • June 10: Early evening looking south, the Moon will be below and left of Saturn.
  • June 11: Early evening looking east, the Moon is above Antares in Scorpius. Antares is a red super giant.
  • June 24: Early morning looking east before sunrise: A thin Crescent Moon will be close to Venus. Should be a nice photo opportunity.

Historical Trivia:

  • June 30, 1908 – Tunguska Event, an asteroid explodes over Siberia with the force of 10–15 megatons. Over 80 million trees were felled over an 800 square mile area.
  • June 16, 1963 – First woman in space, cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova.

Wishing you clear skies

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