June 2017 – Where to look for the planets

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Use the finder charts on this page to guide you to where to look for the planets in June 2017.

A few pointers:

  • All planets visible to the unaided eye look like stars. Planets visible to the unaided eye include Mercury, Venus, Earth (look down!), Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
  • In a telescope, Uranus and Neptune are visible as tiny discs. The dwarf planet Pluto remains looking like a star in even the largest amateur telescope.
  • Stars are shown to magnitude 5 on the charts unless otherwise noted. This is a compromise between what you would see from the light polluted skies of a city (where you will see significantly less stars) and dark country skies (where you will see significantly more stars).
  • Unless otherwise noted, the finder charts are prepared for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The charts will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia.
  • Chart times are given in AEST or Australian Eastern Standard Time. Remember to change for ‘Summer Time’ if this is in force in your location.

3 June 2017 – Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Neptune finder chart – Early morning sky

Venus and Uranus finder chart. Chart prepared for 5.15 am AEST on Saturday 3 June 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Neptune finder chart. Chart prepared for 5.15 am AEST on Saturday 3 June 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

3 June 2017 – Venus and Uranus finder chart – Early morning sky

Note: Stars shown to magnitude 10 to allow star hopping from Venus to Uranus. Large binoculars or a small telescope will be required to see Uranus.

Moon, Jupiter and Spica (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Virgo 'The Virgin') finder chart. Chart prepared for 6.30 pm AEST on Sunday 7 May 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Venus and Uranus finder chart. Chart prepared for 5.15 am AEST on Saturday 3 June 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

4 June 2017 – Moon and Jupiter finder chart – Early evening sky

Venus and Uranus finder chart. Chart prepared for 5.15 am AEST on Saturday 3 June 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon and Jupiter finder chart. Chart prepared for 6.30 pm AEST on Sunday 4 June 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

9 June 2017 – Moon, Saturn and Antares finder chart – Early evening sky

Venus and Uranus finder chart. Chart prepared for 5.15 am AEST on Saturday 3 June 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius ‘The Scorpion’) finder chart. Chart prepared for 6.30 pm AEST on Friday 9 June 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

17 June 2017 – Moon and Neptune finder chart – Early morning sky

Moon and Neptune finder chart. Chart prepared for 5.15 am AEST on Saturday 17 June 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon and Neptune finder chart. Chart prepared for 5.15 am AEST on Saturday 17 June 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

20 June 2017 – Moon and Uranus finder chart – Early morning sky

Note: Stars shown to magnitude 10 to allow star hopping from the Moon to Uranus. Large binoculars or a small telescope will be required to see Uranus.

Venus and Uranus finder chart. Chart prepared for 5.15 am AEST on Saturday 3 June 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Uranus and Moon finder chart. Chart prepared for 5.15 am AEST on Tuesday 20 June 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

21 June 2017 – Moon, Venus, Uranus and Aldebaran finder chart – Early morning sky

Uranus and Moon finder chart. Chart prepared for 5.15 am AEST on Tuesday 20 June 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon, Venus, Uranus and Aldebaran (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Taurus ‘The Bull’ finder chart. A pair of binoculars will be required to locate Uranus. Chart prepared for 5.15 am AEST on Wednesday 21 June 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

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