On the first Friday of every month we post skywatching notes for the homeschool month ahead. Here’s the monthly northern hemisphere review for June, courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope’s website:
The regular sky summary from Space.com provides many more details and is perfect for every serious young astronomy student:
The best stargazing and planet-watching nights in June will be toward the middle of the month—the moon will be new (and the sky darkest) on 13 June. Be sure to look for Venus in the southwest and Jupiter in the south in the early evening. As always, you can track the moon’s phases at the excellent timeanddate.com website (timeanddate.com/moon/phases).
❡ Watchers of the skies: Teaching your students to recognize the constellations is one of the simplest and most enduring gifts you can give them. The planisphere on the front of your River Houses star atlas (riverhouses.org/books) will let you dial up the northern hemisphere sky for any night of the year, and the descriptions and maps of each constellation will point out the highlights. Find a dark-sky spot near you this month and spend some quality homeschool time beneath the starry vault.
What astronomical observations have you made in your homeschool lately? Tell us in the comments! 😊