See the Biggest, Brightest, and Best Full Moon of the Year as Mercury Rises: What You Can See in the Night Sky This Week

Every Monday I pick the celestial highlights of the Northern Hemisphere (mid-northern latitudes) for the week ahead, but make sure check my main feed for more in-depth articles on stargazing, astronomy, eclipses, and more.

What to See in the Night Sky This Week: June 13-19, 2022

No prizes for guessing what the “best” celestial sight of the week will be. The first full moon of the summer of 2022 in the Northern Hemisphere will not only hover particularly low on the horizon, but it will also be the largest and brightest “supermoon” of the year. Do not miss it!

Monday, June 13, 2022: The Moon and Antares

The 99% lit Moon and the bright star Antares will be only 3° apart at dusk tonight. See the two together in the southeastern sky at nightfall.

Tuesday 14 June 2022: A full ‘Super Strawberry Moon’

Tonight’s twilight is the time to look to the eastern horizon, because that’s exactly when a “Super Strawberry Moon” – a full moon and the largest and brightest “supermoon” of 2022 – will appear in beautiful shades of orange. Check the exact times of moonrise for your location and go out looking east. You will be rewarded with a beautiful orangish orb that looks huge on the horizon!

The June Full Moon is the lowest and the last to rise in 2022. It rises in the summer in the southeast and sets in the southwest, and stays in the summer night sky as long as the sun does in the winter day sky.

Thursday, June 16, 2022: Mercury furthest from the sun

If you look low in the eastern sky just before dawn, you can catch a glimpse of Mercury at its greatest western elongation, furthest from the sun in the morning sky. Super bright Venus in his appearance as the “Morning Star” will be a dazzling neighbor.

Object of the week: Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS)

It’s not as impressive as Comet Neowise in the summer of 2020, but if you have a 6-inch telescope, you can try looking for C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS). It’s been on stargazers’ wish list for five years — even since it was discovered at a whopping 16 au (Earth-Sun distances) — but it hasn’t gotten as bright as hoped. It is currently magnitude +11 in the constellation Ophiuchus and should be visible from the Northern Hemisphere until about October. Here’s a skychart for C/2017 K2

K2 has been traveling for millions of years from its home in the Oort Cloud, a spherical region at the edge of our solar system. When it was found, it was the farthest active comet to ever enter the solar system.

I wish you a clear sky and big eyes.

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