Weymouth Astronomy

The Night Sky - June 2020

For many observers June is the month when Astronomy takes a bit of a back seat as the nights are short and dominated by twilight. For the next four months, as darkness falls the westward moving sky will be countered by the late summer nights drawing in resulting in the early evening constellations hardly seeming to move at all. The Summer Triangle of Vega, Deneb and Altair remain in almost the same position as soon as they become visible.

The Night Sky

High Lights of the Month

  • 5th (dusk): Mercury in Gemini
  • 9th (before dawn): the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn
  • 19th (just before dawn): Venus and a very thin crestent Moon
  • 27th (before dawn): Venus lies between the Hyades and Pleiades Custers in Taurus c
  • 23th-30th (before dawn): Mars towards the Southeast

Noctilucent clouds

Noctilucent clouds Noctilucent clouds also known as polar mesospheric clouds are most commonly seen in the deep twilight towards the north from our latitude. They are the highest clouds in the atmosphere at heights of around 80 km or 50 miles. Normally too faint to be seen they are visible when illuminated by sunlight from below the northern horizon whilst the lower parts of the atmosphere are in shadow. So on a clear dark night as light is draining from the north western sky after sunset take a look towards the north and you might just spot them.


 

Information collated from Jodrell Bank and Astronomy Now magazine