The entire month of June is marked by pretty long days and rather short nights but stargazing enthusiast have been encouraged not to fret.
Ambitious astronomers this month can look forward to a number of planetary movements, the Strawberry Full Moon and the June 21 summer solstice among other things.
Affelia Affelia Wibisono, Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer, told Express.co.uk this month is also the perfect opportunity to look up and see five planets in the night sky by the naked eye.
The astronomer said: “Despite the long days and short nights, June is actually a good month to spot all five naked-eye planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.”
Dr Wibisono added June is a great time to pull out your telescope to take a peak at Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and even the Rings of Saturn.
Through the midway point of the month, the June moon will enteritis new moon phase, making it all but disappear in the sky.
On June 12 the crescent moon will feature brightly next to the star Aldebaran in the east sky towards the horizon.
The new moon will then vanish on Wednesday, June 13, and should make it easy to spot the so-called Summer Triangle – the stars Vega, Deneb and Altair all forming a triangle in the night sky.
The summer solstice will mark the start of summer later this month and will be the longest day of the year so far.
For stargazers, the solstice marks the sun’s highest point in the sky here in the northern hemisphere – although you should never look directly at the sun.
In the southern parts of the globe, the sun will feature at its lowest point in the sky.
Astronomy calendar 2018: A number of exciting stellar events are happening in June
Just before the Strawberry Moon peaks in the night sky, the planet Saturn will reach opposition with Earth and the Sun.
Planetary opposition occurs whenever a planet is directly opposite the sun and is at its closest point to our home world.
Stargazers should be able to spot the ringed planet with a pair of decent binoculars but upgrading to a telescope should help clearly see Saturn’s rocky rings.
The seventh full moon of the 2018 lunar cycle will peak in the wee hours of Thursday, June 28.
The so-called Strawberry Full Moon will position itself high up in the southern skies, northeast of the bright stars Sigma Sagittarii and Kaus Australis.
Read more about the Strawberry Moon here: When and where to see June’s Strawberry Moon
Which planets can you see this month?
Dr Wibisono said Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn should all light up in the skies this month in space.
She said: “One of the first to appear in the evening is Venus; look in the westerly sky at around sunset for a bright star-like object to see it.
“Jupiter is also visible at this time and will remain in the sky longer into the night than Venus will, as Jupiter will set in the early hours of the next morning.
“This giant planet can be found towards the south and will drift towards the south-west over the course of the night.
Astronomy calendar 2018: The Strawberry Full Moon rises on June 28
Astronomy calendar 2018: Planet Saturn will be visible to the naked eye this month
“Saturn will join Jupiter in the southeastern sky just before midnight and the salmon-pink coloured Mars will do so too a couple of hours later.”
It’s incredible to think that it’s possible to see a whole other world just by looking up
Thereafter Mercury will appear in the second half of June but Dr Wibisono said it will be the hardest of the planets to spot.
The astronomer advised you cast your eyes to the west horizon just after sunset – but remember not to stare directly at the sun.
Dr Wibisono said: “It’s incredible to think that it’s possible to see a whole other world just by looking up with our own two eyes without the aid of binoculars or telescopes.
“Those with telescopes and want to see more can watch out for Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, the rings around Saturn and perhaps even the polar ice caps on Mars.”
What are the phases of the moon in the UK this month?
June 6: Last quarter moon peaks at 7.32pm.
June 13: New moon vanishes in the night at 8.43pm.
June 20: The first quarter of the moon will light up at 11.51am.
June 28: The Strawberry Full Moon will rise at 5.53am