All space events happening in June – including Super Strawberry Moon

Space enthusiasts are in for a treat this month as several stunning astronomical events are set to grace the night sky.

From impressive super moons to a change in season, June has got plenty of exciting celestial displays on offer.

Better still, most can be seen without any special equipment.

Just find a dark location with minimal artificial lighting or light pollution, or simply head out into the garden to have a look.

So grab a pen and your diary, as here are all this month’s natural phenomenon taking place over the next few weeks.



Eager tourists can reach for the stars when travel restrictions are eased further with a unique astronomy experience
Eager tourists can reach for the stars when travel restrictions are eased further with a unique astronomy experience

June 10: New moon

During a new moon, the Moon and Sun have the same elliptical longitude, meaning the lunar disk is not visible from Earth.

This month, the phase will occur at 10:54pm.

As there is no moonlight interference, this is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters.

June 10: Annular Solar Eclipse

An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is too far away from the Earth to completely cover the Sun.

This results in a ring of light around the darkened Moon. The Sun’s corona is not visible during an annular eclipse.

The path of this eclipse will be confined to extreme eastern Russia, the Arctic Ocean, western Greenland, and Canada.

A partial eclipse will be visible in the north-eastern United States, Europe, and most of Russia.

June 21: Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice is caused by the tilt of the Earth in its movement around the Sun.

At the Sumer Solstice, the North Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its northernmost position in the sky.

In 2021, this is Monday, June 21.

The day of the Summer Solstice is said by astronomers to be the first day of summer.

Astronomical summer is around three weeks after meteorological summer, so you may get some confusion in conversations and weather bulletins, depending on which system people follow.

June 24: Super Strawberry Moon

Stargazers won’t have to wait too long for the third and last Super Full Moon of the year – when a full Moon reaches its closest point to Earth.

On this date, the Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be fully illuminated.

This means that when the moon is closest to the Earth on the same night as a full moon – commonly referred to as a supermoon – it appears as much as 14 percent bigger and 30 per cent brighter in the sky.

This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Strawberry Moon because it signalled the time of year to gather ripening fruit.