June 2016 – Where to look for the planets

A few pointers:

  • All planets visible to the unaided eye look like stars. Planets visible to the unaided eye include Mercury, Venus, Earth (look down!), Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
  • In a telescope, Uranus and Neptune are visible as tiny discs. The dwarf planet Pluto remains looking like a star in even the largest amateur telescope.
  • Stars are shown to magnitude 5 on the charts unless otherwise noted. This is a compromise between what you would see from the light polluted skies of a city (where you will see significantly less stars) and dark country skies (where you will see significantly more stars).
  • Unless otherwise noted, the finder charts are provided for 15 June 2016 and are prepared for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. The charts will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia.
  • Times are listed in Australian Eastern Standard Time and Australian Eastern Daylight Savings time when in force. As a guide, in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory in 2016, Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday 3 April and begins on Sunday 2 October 2016.

3 June 2016 – Moon, Mercury and Uranus finder chart – Morning sky

Moon and Jupiter finder chart. Chart prepared for 7 p.m. AEST / 8 p.m. AEDT on Sunday 15 May 2016 for Canberra, Australia Capital Territory (but will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon, Mercury and Uranus finder chart. Chart prepared for 5:45 a.m. AEST on Friday 3 June 2016 for Canberra, Australia Capital Territory (but will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

3 June 2016 – Saturn at opposition finder chart – Early evening sky

Saturn at opposition finder chart. The chart also shows the position of Mars and the star Antares. Mars reached opposition last month (on 22 May 2016) so still shines very brightly. It's closeness means that it outshines far larger Saturn. Chart prepared for 6:30 pm AEST / 7:30 pm AEST on Friday 3 June 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Saturn at opposition finder chart. The chart also shows the position of Mars and the star Antares. Mars reached opposition last month (on 22 May 2016) so still shines very brightly. It’s closeness means that it outshines far larger Saturn. Chart prepared for 6:30 pm AEST / 7:30 pm AEST on Friday 3 June 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

7 June 2016 – Jupiter and Leo finder chart – Early evening sky

Jupiter and Leo (the ancient Greek constellation Leo 'The Lion') finder chart. Chart prepared for 7:30 pm AEST on Tuesday 7 June 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Look to the North West and then upwards to use the chart. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Jupiter and Leo (the ancient Greek constellation Leo ‘The Lion’) finder chart. Chart prepared for 7:30 pm AEST on Tuesday 7 June 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Look to the North West and then upwards to use the chart. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

7 June 2016 – Jupiter and Galilean moons finder chart – Early evening sky

Jupiter and Galilean moons finder chart. Chart prepared for 6:30 p.m. AEST on Saturday 11 June 2016 for Canberra, Australia Capital Territory (but will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Jupiter and Galilean moons finder chart. Chart prepared for 7:30 p.m. AEST on Tuesday 7 June 2016 for Canberra, Australia Capital Territory (but will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

7 June 2016 – Saturn and largest moon Titan finder chart – Early evening sky

Saturn and its moons finder chart. Chart prepared for 7:30 pm AEST on Tuesday 7 June 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). A telescope will be required to see the rings of Saturn and it's largest moon Titan. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Saturn and its moons finder chart. Chart prepared for 7:30 pm AEST on Tuesday 7 June 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). A telescope will be required to see the rings of Saturn and it’s largest moon Titan. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

7 June 2016 – Mars – Early evening sky

Mars. Chart prepared for 7:30 pm AEST on Tuesday 7 June 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). If you had access to a professional size telescope, this is the view you would get hints of. Sadly, in amateur telescopes Mars is very disappointing and shows little detail. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Mars. Chart prepared for 7:30 pm AEST on Tuesday 7 June 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). If you had access to a professional size telescope, this is the view you would get hints of. Sadly, in amateur telescopes Mars is very disappointing and shows little detail. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

7 June 2016 – Mars, Saturn and Scorpius finder chart – Early evening sky

Mars, Saturn and Scorpius (the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius 'The Scorpion') finder chart. Chart prepared for 7:30 pm AEST on Tuesday 7 June 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Look to the East and then upwards to use the chart. If you are viewing away from city lights, you will also notice the bright band of the Milky Way stretching up and overhead from the horizon. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Mars, Saturn and Scorpius (the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius ‘The Scorpion’) finder chart. Chart prepared for 7:30 pm AEST on Tuesday 7 June 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Look to the East and then upwards to use the chart. If you are viewing away from city lights, you will also notice the bright band of the Milky Way stretching up and overhead from the horizon. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

11 June 2016 – Moon and Jupiter finder chart – Early evening sky

Moon, Mercury and Uranus finder chart. Chart prepared for 5:45 a.m. AEST on Friday 3 June 2016 for Canberra, Australia Capital Territory (but will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon and Jupiter finder chart. Chart prepared for 6:30 p.m. AEST on Saturday 11 June 2016 for Canberra, Australia Capital Territory (but will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

11 June 2016 – Jupiter and Galilean moons finder chart – Early evening sky

Moon and Jupiter finder chart. Chart prepared for 6:30 p.m. AEST on Saturday 11 June 2016 for Canberra, Australia Capital Territory (but will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Jupiter and Galilean moons finder chart. Chart prepared for 6:30 p.m. AEST on Saturday 11 June 2016 for Canberra, Australia Capital Territory (but will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

The extra star below Jupiter is really a star (Chi Leonis). High powered binoculars or a telescope will be required.

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