the brightest stars in the sky

Planetary movements continue month after month and this is the reason why it is so difficult to locate the planets in the sky, since they constantly move around the celestial map and therefore change their position. But with the right guide you can locate them in the sky, here are the planets visible in June 2023.

Planets in June sunsets

Look at Venus before it becomes a morning star

Venus is still visible in the sky and will dazzle the western sky after sunset. On June 4 it will reach its greatest elongation at 45º from the sun, making it the best time to admire the brightest star of the night just above the horizon line in the west. Take advantage of the Venusian views before it becomes a morning star in late July.

Mars in The Hive

On the nights of June 1 and 2, 2023, you can see how the red planet slowly slides until it is at the center of the galaxy cluster known as The Hive or also called The Manger. The galaxy cluster is visible to the naked eye with optimal conditions, you can place it in the constellation of Cancer. If conditions do not allow you to observe the Hive, a pair of binoculars will be enough to see the Martian ruby ​​on top of a handful of diamonds.

Later, between June 21 and 22, the Moon will slide between Venus and Mars. And finally, both will get closer than 4º, which is about 8 full moons, by the end of the month.

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Planets visible in the mornings of June 2023

Jupiter and Saturn

On June 9, Saturn will be very close to the Earth’s satellite, just 2.6º north. For that day the Moon will have a magnitude of -12.2, while Saturn reaches a magnitude of 0.7. Later, the Moon will find its direct path to a conjunction with Jupiter, it will be on the 14th of the same month when it will be placed 1.3º south of the Moon, which will be in its waning phase.

Mercury after its morning elongation

It was at its greatest elongation during May, but will continue to shine until the middle of the month. However, it will be much easier to identify it if you are in the southern hemisphere; to see it you just have to look towards the sky about 40 minutes before sunrise. You will see it near the thin line of the crescent moon during June 16.