All information presented here is taken from my 74 page book Nightscenes 2019 which is available to order from our web shop and all good book stores!  A kindle version is also available from Amazon UK



Click on the monthly image to get a larger high resolution view of the night sky set for 53° N (Horncastle, England) but is usable for the UK and Eire.  All charts are set for the 1st of the month at 22:00 GMT (10pm) and can be used on the other dates and times shown in each corner of the chart.


June 2019




























































Solar System quick summary


For most charts see the buttons at the top for various planets etc.. Charts & images in the text can be clicked to give a larger view.


Mars has one last fling and is joined by Mercury low in the bright evening twilight before they both drop into the solar glare. But as we lose Mars we now gain Jupiter in the evenings as it reaches opposition on the 10th becoming viewable until almost the end of the year. Ceres is just past oposition (May 29th) and with Pallas is also viewable whilst Saturn now rises around 11pm mid month and so is becoming better placed to view. Neptune lies in the morning sky and now Uranus and Vesta improve as they rise in the morning twilight sky. Venus struggles in the bright morning twilight rising just before the sun.


For a more detailed view of the events on this page why not purchase Nightscenes 2019 either as kindle or paperback?


Main events


05-May-Ceres.jpgCeres was at opposition on May 29th and is now magnitude 6.9 so should be relatively easy in a 10x50 binocular, especially if you put it on a tripod for stability. In any instrument it will appear star like but its quick motion against the backdrop of stars will betray its presence. The chart is set for the early morning sky from May 1st until July 1st when Ceres will have then faded a little to Mag 7.6 but still viewable in binoculars. It spends June passing through Scorpius before dipping into Libra.


06-Jun-Mars-mn-merc.jpgNow back to the early evening twilight for Mercury and Mars! Mercury puts in a low appearance in the bright evening twilight and is always brighter at the start of the evening apparitions (mag -1.0). But the sky will be bright so make sure the sun has set before you begin to look for it. On the 4th the very slim crescent moon lies to its lower left, but it will be difficult. The next evening the moon lies to the left of Mars and helps guide you to the ‘red planet’ which is much fainter at mag +1.7 so not easy in such a bright sky. Mars is rapidly descending into the ever brighter evening twilight and as it does so it has a close encounter with Mercury on the 18th for a nice but difficult conjunction. After this Mars drops out of sight and as Mercury reaches Greatest Eastern elongation on the 23rd it too, quickly drops down and back into the solar glare and out of sight. Both planets are shown every two days except when the moon is close to them.


Jupiter during 2019

Now it is time for Jupiter! The largest planet in our solar system reaches opposition on June 10th and is viewable all night. However the nights are now of course getting shorter and lighter but Jupiter shines at mag -2.6 so will be easy to spot. For most of the year it lies in Ophiuchus, just to the upper left of Antares in Scorpius.

06-Jun-jup-basics.jpgIts main features as seen in a telescope are shown at right and considerable detail can be viewed with care and patience. The Great Red Spot often looks paler than images suggest  and you should remember that at some times the other side of the planet may be turned towards us so the GRS may not be visible. At the time of writing this web page, the GRS is undergoing a dramatic shrinking and substancial change so do keep an eye on it!


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Using a binocular or small telescope look out for the four Galilean moons (above) as they wheel about the planet in their orbits, as a bonus. Now that Jupiter is at opposition it will become an easier target in the evening sky for those who don’t like early mornings!

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The view at left shows the moon above Antares (and near Ceres) on the 15th then next to Jupiter on the 16th with the chart set for 10:30pm. The next evening Ceres lies north of Graffias too for another bonus target. Ceres should be mag 7.5 whilst Graffias is mag 2.6 so considerably brighter than the dwarf planet.






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Meanwhile on the 28th the crescent moon lies several degrees below Uranus and close to both Vesta and Xi2 Ceti as shown here at right. Uranus shines at mag 5.8 whilst Xi2 Ceti is mag 4.3 and Vesta mag 8.2 so you can’t get them mixed up! The inset shows the crescent moon forms a nice triangle with Xi2 Ceti and Vesta and you might find the brightness of the moon makes spotting Vesta harder in a binocular, but a small telescope should show it better.



Also look out for the following:


  8th   Crescent moon lies above Regulus (evening twilight)

10th   Mercury close to Epsilon Geminorum (evening twilight)

11th   Moon close to Porrima (evening)

12th   Moon lies above Spica (evening)

18th   Moon rises lying below ‘Teaspoon’ with Saturn to its left (late evening)

23rd   Mars in conjunction with Pollux (both evening & difficult)

24th   Moon lies below Neptune (morning)

30th   Crescent moon lies below M45 (bright morning twilight)



  Clear skies and happy sky watching.



Paul









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The UK & Ireland Night Sky for 2019

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The Summer Solstice occurs on June 21st. Summer officially begins in the Northern Hemisphere whilst Winter begins in the Southern Hemisphere.