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What We're Watching: June 2021

The weather is warming up which means it’s time to grab your telescope and watch the skies in comfort all night! We’re pumped about all the sky gazing we’ll be doing this month, so we wanted a share a few upcoming highlights that you won’t want to miss.

June 10: New Moon

 The moon will not be visible on this night, but without the moonlight disruption, you’ll have pitch-black skies that will make it a perfect time for viewing faint, distant galaxies and clusters. If planetary viewing is more your groove, you’ll find that you have great visibility of Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn from anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere! 

June 10: Annual Solar Eclipse

The ring of light caused by the sun drifting behind the darkened moon will be visible on the east coast of the United States around 5-6 am. You’ll be able to witness the partial eclipse of the sun rising in a unique crescent shape with its points directed upwards. To catch sight of the full “Blood Moon” solar eclipse you would need to be in the most remote areas of Canada, Greenland, and Russia.
To safely observe this event, be sure to use specialized solar viewing filters! Even viewing the partial eclipse through sunglasses, unfiltered telescopes, or binoculars can cause retinal damage.

 June 21: June Solstice

More commonly known as the Summer Solstice, this occurs when the sun reaches its highest and northernmost point in the sky. The Summer Solstice is the day with the longest period of sunlight all year, and it marks the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

June 24: Full Moon

On the night of June 24th, the stunning full moon will rise large and bright in the sky – more so than usual because this is the last of 3 supermoons in 2021. Full moon nights are not the best for sky gazing with a telescope or binoculars. You’ll find the bright light cast by the moon detracts from the visibility of other viewing subjects. If you’re viewing the moon head on you may find that its light hurts your eyes to look at.
This moon was known by Native American tribes as the Strawberry Moon because it was the time of year when the fruit had ripened and was ready to harvest. Today it still marks the peak of strawberry season.

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