What’s Up: June 2021 Skywatching Tips from NASA

By on June 3, 2021

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

What are some skywatching highlights in June 2021? Catch Saturn and Jupiter in the morning, and the constellation Scorpius after dark! Plus skywatchers in the Northeast U.S., Eastern Canada, and Northern Europe can see a partial solar eclipse on June 10th.

June 10: Solar Eclipse

On June 10th, the Moon will slip briefly between Earth and the Sun, partially obscuring our local star from view.

Thursday morning, June 10, 2021, at 6:53 a.m. EDT, will be the new Moon, when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun. As described above, the Moon will eclipse the Sun. Remember that it is unsafe to look directly at the Sun (unless you have special eclipse glasses to protect your eyes).

Parts of Canada, Greenland, the Arctic Ocean, and Siberia will see an annular eclipse. For much of the rest of northeastern North America, Greenland, Northern Europe, and northern Asia, this will be a partial eclipse. From the Washington, D.C. area, the Moon will be blocking about 80% of the left side of the Sun as they rise together in the east-northeast at 5:42 a.m., causing the Sun to appear as a crescent. As the pair rises higher in the sky, the silhouette of the Moon will gradually shift off the Sun to the lower left, allowing more of the Sun to show until the eclipse ends at around 6:29 a.m., with the Sun about 7 degrees above the horizon in the east-northeast.

(Wherever you are, please review eclipse safety practices, and never look at the Sun without proper protection for your eyes.)

Additional information about topics covered in this episode of What’s Up, along with still images from the video, and the video transcript, are available at https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/whats-up….





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