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SCAS JUNE 2020 - Compiled by Barb Yager
Full Moon June 5th @ 3:12 pm
Last Quarter Moon June 13th @ 2:24 am
New Moon June 21st @ 2:41 am
First Quarter Moon June 28 @ 4:16 am
METEOR SHOWERS THIS MONTH
There are no major meteor showers this month
Here are some tips on how to maximize your time looking for meteors and fireballs during December:
- Get out of the city to a place where city and artificial lights do not impede your viewing
- If you are out viewing the shower during its peak, you will not need any special equipment. You should be able to see the shower with your naked eyes.
- Carry a blanket or a comfortable chair with you - viewing meteors, just like any other kind of stargazing is a waiting game, and you need to be comfortable. Plus, you may not want to leave until you can't see the majestic celestial fireworks anymore.
BRIGHT COMETS THIS MONTH
COMET ATLAS has just about broken up completely as it continues to pass by the Big Dipper.
COMET SWAN is moving into the Northern Hemisphere during daylight hours.
COMET PanSTARRS, at about 8th magnitude, cruising SE, the Comet
will cross the bowl of the Big Dipper 6/05-6/15
Comet PanStarrs, at dim 8th magnitude, crosses the bowl of the Big Dipper 6/05-15th. Comet Swan cruises from the sunrise in ENE to 3 degrees below Capella in the NNW in evening dusk.
03- Mercury reaches highest altitude below the Gemini Twins low in the WNW.
04- The nearly full Moon escorts huge Scorpius higher in the SE.
05- The Honey Moon is full at 3:12 p.m. EDT. By mid-evening, the bright Moon lies left of the red giant star Antares--red heart beating in Scorpius in the SE.
08- Late evening the Moon lies 4 degrees below silver Saturn.
20- SUMMER SOLSTICE occurs 5:44 p.m. EDT. The Sun reaches its northernmost point from the Equator, at the Tropic of Cancer. The invisible line extends across the Caribbean. Days are longest and nights shortest.
Check your shadow at noon. It will be the shortest of the year. Summer begins in the northern hemisphere.
22- Young crescent Moon lies 5 degrees below Pollux in the Gemini Twins near the WNW horizon.
23- AIM cameras and binoculars to the dark Earthshine on the young Moon floating beside the Beehive cluster
low in the WNW.
24- The crescent Moon leads Leo, Lion lower in the west.
28/29- By nightfall, the Moon floats above Spica in Virgo in the WSW.
30- Mid-evening, bright Jupiter and Saturn rise in the SE. The Milky Way arches from the SE to the NE.
Huge Scorpius crawls above the SE horizon. The Sagittarian Teapot (center of our Milky Way Galaxy) appears on the ESE horizon. Aim binoculars and telescopes to the south to view a myriad of celestial deep sky objects.
Hercules leads bright Vega, in Lyra the Harp, and the vast Summer Triangle higher in the east. Cygnus, Swan soars within the Triangle. Spectacular colorful double stars, nebulae can be viewed in Cygnus. The Royal Family arrives on the NE horizon
Astronomy/Sky & Telescope magazines
Abrams Planetarium, MSU
05- At dawn, the Full Moon floats above Antares in Scorpius low in the SW.
08/09- In the predawn, the Moon glides below Jupiter and Saturn in the SSW.
12/13- Mars and Neptune are less than 2 degrees apart in Aquarius in the SE. The LAST QUARTER MOON occurs 2:24 a.m. The Moon drifts below the planets.
15- At dawn brilliant Venus, Morning Star rises in the ENE in Taurus, Bull. The Pleiades cluster shimmers above Venus.
18- At dawn the crescent Moon forms a triangle with the Pleiades (above) and Venus beside the Hyades star cluster (below).
19- By dawn aim camera and binoculars to the old crescent Moon 1 degree from brilliant Venus low in the ENE. Below the celestial partners fiery Aldebaran (red eye of the Bull) peers over the horizon.
21- NEW MOON occurs 2:41 a.m.
24- Mars enters Pisces.
28- FIRST QUARTER MOON occurs 4:16 a.m.