Top astronomical events to look forward to in June 2020

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astronomical events in june 2020
From the stunning Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower to an out-of-this-world view of Comet Atlas, May has been an epic month for show-stopping celestial events.
 
Luckily for those who may have missed seeing any June also has a stellar line-up of dazzling astronomical displays to look forward to. 
 
 
Not only will stargazers be in for a chance to see the planet Mercury, but will also be treated to two different types of eclipses!
 
Best of all, most will all be easy to spot in the sky without needing to fork out for any high-tech camera or telescopes. 
 

June 5 - Full Strawberry Moon

On this night, the moon will be fully illuminated as it appears on the opposite side of the earth as the sun, resulting in a full moon.
 
In early native American tribes, this particular full moon was often called ‘strawberry moon’ because this time of year would often be when tribes would start to gather up ripened fruits. 
 
For your best chance of seeing it, wait until its fully dark outside, and if you can, head to an area with little light pollution.
 

June 5 - Penumbral lunar eclipse

On the same night as the full moon, space-enthusiasts will be treated to a double whammy of lunar displays.
 
Besides the Full Strawberry Moon, there will also be a penumbral lunar eclipse.
 
During this type of eclipse the moon will darken slightly.
 
A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the earth's partial shadow, or penumbra.
 

June 8th - Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn will all be visible

On June 8th, you will have a chance to see three amazing things in the sky. You will be able to see the Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn all in the sky at the same time.
 

June 20 - Summer Solstice

This is the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and the first day of winter in the Southern Hemisphere.
 
On this day, the North Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its northernmost position in the sky.
 
It will also be directly over the Tropic of Cancer at 23.44 degrees north latitude.
 

June 21 - New Moon

During a new moon, the moon and sun have the same elliptical longitude, meaning the lunar disk is not visible from earth.
 
This month, the phase will occur at 06.43.
 
As there is no moonlight interference, this is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters.
 
 

June 21 - Annular Solar Eclipse

An annular solar eclipse takes place when the moon is so far away from Earth that it completely covers the sun.
 
As a result, a ring of light appears around the darkened Moon, and the sun's corona is not visible during an annular eclipse.

Source: Wales Online

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