Astronomy Events in 2018


Astronomy in June 2018

Just after midsummer, the nights are still light . 
Here are some suggestions of things you might still be able to see.

6 July: Earth at Aphelion: the furthest point from the Sun in its yearly orbit.

13 July: New Moon. The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky.

21 July: Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter

27 July: Mars at opposition. The red planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun.

27 to 28 July: Total lunar eclipse and full Moon. Can be seen in Shetland at 21:47 at maximum. Ends at 23.19. Moon is close to horizon so ensure a clear view to south east. Best seen from
an elevated point.

28 to 29 July: Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower which can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by comets Marsden and Kracht. The shower runs annually from 12 July to 23 August. Best viewed from a dark location after midnight, which is a problem in a Shetland summer. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

For more ideas and information on what to observe this month, please visit

Jodrell Bank's Night Sky Guide