Sky Map

Evening sky in june2019

The Southern Cross (Crux) dominates the southern sky. The cross consists of three bright stars plus a slightly fainter fourth star creating the kite-shaped cross. Close by are the Pointers, Alpha and Beta Centauri, two bright stars belonging to the large constellation of Centaurus, which borders Crux on three sides. The /Xam Bushmen knew the three bright stars in Crux as female lions and the Pointers as male lions. For Sotho and Tswana peoples the two brightest stars in Crux and the two Pointers made up Dithutlwa, the four giraffes. To the northwest is another constellation depicting a lion, Leo, with the bright star Regulus. Over to the east is a bright red star, Antares, a supergiant star marking the heart of Scorpius, the Scorpion. Closer to the southern horizon, you may be able to make out the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds (LMC, SMC) - two neighbouring irregular dwarf galaxies visible to the naked eye.

Both Jupiter and Saturn are well placed for observation throughout the night. Jupiter is in Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer and is close to the moon on 16 June.  The archer, Sagittarius, can be observed in the east hosting the planet Saturn. On 19 June, Saturn is near to the moon.

Full Moon will occur on 17 June when it is situated in Sagittarius and the shortest day of the year, Winter Solstice, occurs on 21 June.

Star Map archive 2011 - 2017