Summer begins on June 21st, when the Summer Solstice occurs. The Summer Solstice occurs when the tilt of the Earth is pointed directly toward the Sun. This point marks the beginning of Summer. The Summer Solstice has the longest amount of daylight and the shortest night.
The New Moon for June occurs on Saturday June 12th, which makes that weekend June 12-13 a fantastic weekend for dark sky observing.
Please note: On Quicktime movies below, Window 64-bit may not display the controls to play the movie. Simply double-click on the movie to play.
This movie shows the eclipse as viewed from Honolulu, Hawaii. Each frame is one minute.
From Los Angeles (my local time) the Lunar Eclipse will not be seen to completetion since Sunrise (and Moon Set) occur a bit over an hour after the Eclipse hits its maximum point. Los Angeles time table (PDT) is as follows:
|Partial Penumbra phase begins 01:59:49 (-160 minutes).
Partial phase begins 03:18:49 (-81 minutes).
Eclipse Maximum 04:39:49 PDT
Sunrise in Los Angeles 5:43:29 PDT
Partial phase ends 06:00:49 (+81 minutes).
Partial Penumbra phase ends 07:19:49 (+160 minutes).
Mercury begins June in the constellation Aries (The Ram) and on June 5th, crosses into the constellation Taurus (The Bull). On June 25th, hidden by the glare of the Sun, Mercury crosses into the constellation Gemini (The Twins).
Venus begins June in the constellation Gemini (The Twins) and on June 12th, croses into the constellation Cancer (The Crab), and finally on June 20th, Venus will move into the constellation Leo (The Lion).
Mars sets around 12:50 am (PDT) at the start of June, and by the end of the month sets around 11:30 pm (PDT).
Jupiter is observable in the morning hours of June in the constellation Pisces (The Fish). At the start of the month Jupiter rises around 2:15 am (PDT), and by the end of the month, Jupiter sets around 12:20 am (PDT).
On June 7th, the planets Jupiter and Uranus are in conjunction and
will be less than 0°25’ of each other.
Saturn is located in the constellation Virgo (The Maiden) until December 2012. Saturn is observable from the evening to late evening hours of June. At the start of the month, Saturn set around 2:20 am (PDT) and by the end of the month, Saturn sets around 12:20 am (PDT).
On June 18th, the First Quarter Moon passes within 8°20’ of Saturn.
Uranus can be observed in the constellation Pisces (The Fish) until May 2012. Uranus can be observed during the morning hours of June in the vicinity of Jupiter. Uranus rises around 2:15 am (PDT) at the start of June and by the end of the month rises around 12:20 pm (PDT).
On June 7th, the planets Jupiter and Uranus are in conjunction and will
be less than 0°25’ of each other.
Neptune is found in the constellation Aquarius (The Water Bearer) until August. Neptune rises during the late evening hours of June; rising around 12:30 am (PDT) at the start of the month and around 10:55 pm (PDT) by the end of the month.
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