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Upcoming Observing Highlights for June 2016   (from skymaps.com)
 
3 Saturn at opposition (opposite the Sun) at 6h UT. The ringed planet is at its brightest (mag. +0.0) and closest in 25 years (globe diameter 18.5", rings span 42"). Saturn's rings are spectacular even in a small telescope.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
Opposition (Wikipedia)
3 Moon very near Mercury (24 from Sun, morning sky) at 10h UT. Mag +0.7.
Mercury (Wikipedia)
3 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 11h UT (361,140 km; angular size 33.1').
4 Moon near the Pleiades (14 from Sun) at 3h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
5 New Moon at 3:00 UT. Start of lunation 1156.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
5 Mercury at greatest elongation, 24 west of Sun (morning sky) at 9h UT. Mag +0.6.
8 Moon near Beehive cluster (evening sky) at 21h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
10 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 14h UT.
Regulus (Wikipedia)
11 Moon near Jupiter (84 from Sun, evening sky) at 19h UT. Mag. -2.0.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
12 First Quarter Moon at 8:10 UT.
13 Mercury 6.7 SSE of the Pleiades at 16h UT (22 from Sun, morning sky). Mag. +0.0.
15 Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 1h UT.
Spica (Wikipedia)
15 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 12h UT (distance 405,024 km; angular size 29.5').
17 Moon near Mars (evening sky) at 13h UT. Mag. -1.7.
Mars (Wikipedia)
18 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 21h UT.
Antares (Wikipedia)
19 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 1h UT. Mag. +0.1.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
19 Mercury 3.8 NNW of Aldebaran (19 from Sun, morning sky) at 7h UT. Mags. -0.5 and +0.9.
20 Full Moon at 11:02 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
20 June solstice at 22:34 UT. The time when the Sun reaches the point farthest north of the celestial equator marking the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern Hemisphere.
June Solstice (Wikipedia)
Equinoxes and Solstices from Space (NASA)
27 Last Quarter Moon at 18:19 UT.
>>> All times Universal Time (UT).    USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours.  (DST = UT-5 hrs,)

 

Zodiacal Light is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2 hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern hemisphere.
Zodiacal Light (Wikipedia)
Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)
Photographing the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)