June 2018 – 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 2018.

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 (including Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane).

3 June 2018 – Moon and Mars finder chart – Evening sky

Moon and Mars finder chart. Look above the Eastern horizon. Chart prepared for 9.30 pm AEST on Sunday 3 June 2018 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.

16 June 2018 – Moon and Venus finder chart – End of evening twilight

Moon and Venus finder chart. Look low above the North Western horizon. Chart prepared for 6.30 pm AEST on Saturday 16 June 2018 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.

23 June 2018 – Moon and Jupiter finder chart – End of evening twilight

Moon and Jupiter finder chart. Look above the North Eastern horizon. Chart prepared for 6.30 pm AEST on Saturday 23 June 2018 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.

28 June 2018 – Moon and Saturn finder chart – End of evening twilight

Moon and Saturn finder chart. Look above the Eastern horizon. Chart prepared for 6.30 pm AEST on Thursday 28 June 2018 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.

30 June 2018 – Moon and Mars finder chart – Early evening sky

Moon and Mars finder chart. Look above the Eastern horizon. Chart prepared for 7.30 pm AEST on Saturday 30 June 2018 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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