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Best Stargazing Events of June 2014: Night Sky Maps (Gallery)

Triple Shadow Transit on Jupiter, June 2014

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See what's up in the night sky for June 2014, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software. HERE: Tuesday, June 3, 2:08–3:44 p.m. EDT. The shadows of Europa, Ganymede and Callisto will play on Jupiter’s cloud deck. Best observed from eastern Europe and the Middle East. [See our complete June 2014 Night Sky Guide here.]

First Quarter Moon, June 2014

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Thursday, June 5, 4:39 p.m. EDT. The First Quarter Moon rises around 1 p.m. and sets around 2 a.m. It dominates the evening sky. [See our complete June 2014 Night Sky Guide here.]

Mars and the Moon, June 2014

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Saturday, June 7, 9 p.m. EDT. The waxing gibbous moon will pass just south of the planet Mars. [See our complete June 2014 Night Sky Guide here.]

Spica and the Moon, June 2014

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Sunday, June 8, dusk. The moon will pass just north of the bright star Spica in Virgo. [See our complete June 2014 Night Sky Guide here.]

Saturn and the Moon, June 2014

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Tuesday, June 10, dusk. The moon will pass just south of the planet Saturn. The moon will occult Saturn as seen from southern South Africa (as seen here) and parts of the Southern Ocean. [See our complete June 2014 Night Sky Guide here.]

Double Shadow Transit on Jupiter, Jun 2014

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Tuesday, June 10, 6:07–6:28 p.m. EDT. The shadows of Europa and Ganymede will cross Jupiter’s cloud deck simultaneously. Best observed from central South America. [See our complete June 2014 Night Sky Guide here.]

Full Moon, June 2014

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Friday, June 13, 12:11 a.m. EDT. The Full Moon of June is known as the Corn-Planting Moon or the Strawberry Moon. [See our complete June 2014 Night Sky Guide here.]

Last Quarter Moon, June 2014

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Thursday, June 19, 2:39 p.m. EDT. The Last Quarter Moon rises around 1 a.m. and sets around 1 p.m. It is most easily seen just after sunrise in the southern sky. [See our complete June 2014 Night Sky Guide here.]

Solstice, June 2014

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Saturday, June 21, 6:51 a.m. EDT. The beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and winter in the Southern Hemisphere. [See our complete June 2014 Night Sky Guide here.]

Venus and the Moon, June 2014

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Tuesday, June 24, dawn. The slender crescent Moon will pass just below the planet Venus. [See our complete June 2014 Night Sky Guide here.]

Aldebaran and the Moon, June 2014

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Wednesday, June 25, dawn. The moon passes just north of the bright star Aldebaran in Taurus. [See our complete June 2014 Night Sky Guide here.]

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Geoff Gaherty
Geoff Gaherty

Geoff Gaherty was Space.com's Night Sky columnist and in partnership with Starry Night software and a dedicated amateur astronomer who sought to share the wonders of the night sky with the world. Based in Canada, Geoff studied mathematics and physics at McGill University and earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Toronto, all while pursuing a passion for the night sky and serving as an astronomy communicator. He credited a partial solar eclipse observed in 1946 (at age 5) and his 1957 sighting of the Comet Arend-Roland as a teenager for sparking his interest in amateur astronomy. In 2008, Geoff won the Chant Medal from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, an award given to a Canadian amateur astronomer in recognition of their lifetime achievements. Sadly, Geoff passed away July 7, 2016 due to complications from a kidney transplant, but his legacy continues at Starry Night.