See the Moon Sweeping by the Gas Giants in Late June

( The Moon meets Jupiter and Saturn in the night sky in June 2021. )

On June 24, the brilliant Strawberry Moon lit up the sky. Now our natural satellite is going to meet two gas giants, Saturn and Jupiter. Keep reading and find out how, when, and where to observe their spectacular trio and even more!

Moon-Saturn conjunction

A few weeks ago, Saturn began its retrograde motion that will last until mid-October. To observe this westward movement, note how the distance between Saturn and the star Theta Capricorni located to the left of the planet increases each night. Use the stargazing guide Star Walk 2 to quickly locate Saturn, Theta Capricorni, and other celestial objects in the sky above.

Moon-Jupiter conjunction

Distinguishing Saturn from Jupiter is rather easy as the latter is much brighter. Although Saturn shines as brilliantly as the brightest stars in the sky, Jupiter (which is the fourth brightest celestial body to grace the sky’s dome after the Sun, the Moon, and Venus) outshines the ringed planet by about 16 times.

Like Saturn, Jupiter is now moving westward: the planet began its retrograde motion on June 20. If you want to learn what causes the apparent retrograde motion of the planets, read our recent article.

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