The arrival of June signals the return of our favorite warm-weather activities. BBQs, sunscreen, fire pits, camping, gardening, and a plethora of other sense-awakening activities are finally back in full swing after a long winter’s hibernation. This enchanted month is a natural spectacle where the stars above compete with the glittering fireflies below. Now is the time to celebrate and discover June’s many wonders, both by day and by night.
Behold the beauty of the Arietids meteor shower (June 7)
The Arietids meteor shower is a celestial spectacle worth seeing, with its brilliant display of shooting stars. While it is most visible during the day, there is still a possibility to see these shooting stars before sunrise on June 7 and 8. And, for a truly unique experience, use a ham radio to listen in on the meteor shower’s radio echoes. Allow the universe’s wonders to serenade you.
Enjoy summer’s arrival with the earliest sunrise of the year (June 14)
As summer approaches, June brings us the year’s earliest dawn. Take advantage of these wonderful moments before the day really awakens. Grab your favorite cup of coffee or tea and head outside to enjoy the peace and quiet of these ethereal hours. It’s the ideal time to focus on the coming pleasures of summer.
Dwell in darkness and investigate the New Moon (June 18)
Due to the late New Moon in May, June offers us an especially dark sky. This month, enjoy the glories of the universe without the distraction of moonlight. Allow the pure views of galaxies and shooting stars spark your imagination, whether you use your eyes, binoculars, or a telescope. Set your sights on the Pinwheel Galaxy (M101) to see the aftermath of a recent supernova—a spectacular sight made much more accessible by the lack of moonlight.
Bask in the summer solstice and the longest day (June 21)
The summer solstice officially kicks off summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The Earth reaches its greatest tilt on this day, giving us the longest day of the year. From the glistening shores of Miami to the breathtaking vistas of Anchorage, revel in the abundance of daylight. Cherish the moment when your shadow is at its shortest, since it reminds us to appreciate summer’s passing beauty.
Admire a celestial trio in the evening sky (June 21)
Turn your attention westward as the sun sets on the summer solstice to watch a cosmic dance. Venus, the brilliant evening star, is joined by a delicate crescent moon and Mars’ ferocious light. Allow this cosmic trio to engage your senses, producing a tranquil and magical evening experience that echoes the universe’s harmony.
Enjoy the late sunsets with the Bootid Meteor Shower (June 27)
June brings us the pleasure of late sunsets, allowing us to enjoy the last rays of sunlight. Sit back, relax, and enjoy an incredible display of colors as the sun slips beneath the horizon. As the night progresses, keep an eye out for the Bootid meteor shower. While it’s not always a dazzling show, the prospect of seeing a meteor shower outburst fills the sky with excitement and amazement. Allow the cosmos to astound you with its heavenly fireworks.
Embrace the wonders of June and allow nature’s charm to inspire you. Whether you’re looking at shooting stars, enjoying early sunrises, or contemplating the secrets of the night sky, this month provides numerous opportunities to connect with the wonder that surrounds us. Step outside, look up, and allow June’s heavenly symphony to inspire and uplift your soul.