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June 2010

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Summer Solstice

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.

Lunar Events

The New Moon for June occurs on Saturday June 12th, which makes that weekend June 12-13 a fantastic weekend for dark sky observing.

The Full Moon for June occurs on June 16th, and is known as the Full Buck Moon or Full Hay Moon.  Since it is also the closest Full moon to the Summer Solstice, it is also the Full Honey Moon.

There is also a Umbral Lunar Eclipse at this Full Moon on June 26th.  The Eclipse will be visible to the West coast of North and South America, the Pacific, Australia and some parts of Southeast Asia.

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 the Moon. The Area seen of the Earth is the area that can see the Earth’s shadow on the Moon. Each frame is one minute.



This movie shows the eclipse as viewed from Honolulu, Hawaii. Each frame is one minute.




This movie shows the Lunar Eclipse as view from Los Angeles. The moon sets about an hour after the eclipse maximum so the end of the eclipse will be missed by those of us on the West Coast.

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

Mercury is visible as the Morning Star in June until June 19th, when it disappears into the glare of the sunrise.

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

Venus is the Evening Star this month.

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).

Venus and Moon
On June 14th, a waxing, crescent Moon will passes within 4°35’ of Venus.

Vnus and M44
On June 20th, Venus passes through the Beehive Cluster (M44).

Mars

Mars is observable in the evening hours of June all month, in 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).

Mars and Regulus
June 6th finds Mars in conjunction with the Star Regulus, passing
within 0°50’.

Mars and Moon
On June 17th, the waxing, crescent Moon passes within 5°50’ of Mars.

Jupiter

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).

Jupiter, Uranus and Moon
On June 5th a waning, crescent Moon will pass less than 5°40’ of Jupiter.

Jupiter and Uranus
On June 7th, the planets Jupiter and Uranus are in conjunction and
will be less than 0°25’ of each other.

Saturn

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).

Saturn and Moon
On June 18th, the First Quarter Moon passes within 8°20’ of Saturn.

Uranus

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 JupiterUranus rises around 2:15 am (PDT) at the start of June and by the end of the month rises around 12:20 pm (PDT).

Jupiter, Uranus and Moon
On June 5th a waning, crescent Moon will pass less than 5°15’ of Uranus.

Jupiter and Uranus
On June 7th, the planets Jupiter and Uranus are in conjunction and will
be less than 0°25’ of each other.

Neptune

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.

N2eptune and Moon
On June 3rd, the waning, gibbous Moon passes within 4° of Neptune.

Neptune and Moon
On June 30th, the waning, crescent moon rises about 4° from Neptune.

Pluto

Pluto is found in the constellation Sagittarius (The Archer) until the year 2023.  Pluto is in excellent position to be observed this month since it is up from almost the entire night during June.

Pluto and Moon
On June 26th, the Full Moon, during the Lunar Eclipse, will pass within

7°10’ of Pluto.

July 2009

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Lunar Events

The Full Moon for July occurs on July 7th, and is known as the Full Buck Moon or Thunder Moon.  Also, since it is the closest Full Moon to the Summer Solstice, it can be known as the Honey Moon.




July 7 1:40am-3:30am (PDT) - Movie shows the slight penumbral Lunar Eclipse as viewed from Los Angeles. Each frame is one minute.

In the very early morning hours of July 7th a very slight Penumbral Lunar Eclipse will be visible from the Pacific rim, including western South America, the West Coast of Mexico and South Western United States, Hawaii, New Zealand, eastern Australia and the Pacific side of Antartica.




July 7 1:40am-3:30am (PDT) - Movie shows Earth and Sun as viewed from Moon during the slight penumbral Lunar Eclipse. Each frame is one minute.

The New Moon for July is Tuesday, July 21st.  This will make the weekend of July 18-19th as the best weekend for dark sky observing.

Celestial Events

Earth reaches its Aphelion on July 4, 2009

Aphelion The Aphelion is the point in Earth’s elliptical orbit that it is furthest from the Sun.  This is the opposite point to the Perihelion when the Earth is at its closest point to the Sun, which occurs in January.

Total Solar Eclipse

Depending on the location on Earth, there is a Total Solar Eclipse on July 21st or 22nd. Visible from Eastern China, Japan and the South Western Pacific, the eclipse crosses the International Date Line.




Movie shows the Total SolarEclipse as viewed from the Moon. Each frame is one minute. The Shadow of the moon Crosses Eastern China, Japan, and the South West Pacific.




Movie shows the Total SolarEclipse as viewed from Japan. Each frame is one minute.

Mercury

Mercury is visible the first few days of July in the morning hours.  By July 4th, Mercury disappears into the glare of the sunrise and reappears on the evening side of the Sun around July 24th.  After July 24th Mercury continues to move in better position for viewing until August 24th when Mercury reaches its Greatest Eastern Elongation.

July 1st Sunrise - Mercury’s position in the morning at the beginning of the month. Mercury disappears into the glare of the Sun around July 4th. July 1 - Mercury

Mercury begins the month in the constellation Taurus (The Bull), and on July 3rd, crosses into the constellation Gemini (The Twins). Then behind the glare of the Sun, Mercury crosses Gemini until July 16th when it moves into Cancer (The Crab), and after Mercury re-emerges in the evening, it moves finally into the constellation Leo (The Lion) on July 26, where it will spend the rest of July.

July 31 - Mercury
July 31 Sunset - By the end of the month, Mercury is visible in the
evening. Mercury re-emerges from the glare of the Sun around July 24th.

Venus

Venus is visible as the Morning Star for the entire month of July.  Venus begins this month in the constellation Taurus (The Bull) until the end of the month.  On July 29 Venus crosses into the constellation Orion (The Hunter)  where it will stay until the last few minutes of July and it crosses into the constellation Gemini (The Twins).

July 4 - Venus and M45
On July 4th Venus will pass within 7° of the asterism Pleiades (M45).

July 18 - Venus, Mars, M45, Moon
On July 18th Venus, Mars, the asterism Pleiades (M45) and the waning, crescent Moon are group together within 16° of each other.

July 19 - Venus and Moon
On July 19th Venus rises within 6°45′ of the waning, crescent Moon.

Mars

Mars can be observed in the morning hours above Venus in July.  At the beginning of the month Mars is only about 4° above Venus and as the month progresses Venus continues to move further away until the end of the month they are about 16° apart.

Mars starts the month in the constellation Aries (The Ram) and on July 2nd moves into the constellation Taurus (The Bull) where it will spend the rest of July.

Mars rises around 2:45 am (PDT) at the first of the Month and by the end of July Mars rises at 2:00am.

On July 12th, Mars passes within 4°45′ of the asterism Pleiades (M45). July 12 - Mars and M45

July 18 - Mars and Moon
On July 18th, the waning, crescent Moon will pass within 5° of Mars.

Jupiter

The planet Jupiter is found in the constellation Capricornus (The Sea Goat until January 2010.  Moving in retrograde motion this month, Jupiter is observable from the late evening hours until sunrise.

At the beginning of July, Jupiter rises around 10:46 pm (PDT) and at the end of the month Jupiter is rising around 8:40 pm (PDT).

July 10 - Jupiter and Neptune
On July 10th, Jupiter passes within 0°30’ of the planet Neptune and
about 6°15′ of the waning, gibbous Moon.

Saturn

The planet Saturn is visible in the evening all month.  At the beginning of July Saturn sets around 11:45 pm (PDT) and by the end of the month Saturn sets around 9:15 pm (PDT).  Saturn is located in the constellation Leo (The Lion) until September.

July 24 - Saturn and Moon
On July 24th, the waxing, crescent Moon sets about 8° below Saturn.

Uranus

The planet Uranus is found in the constellation Pisces (The Fish) until October. At the start of July Uranus rises around midnight and by the end of the month Uranus rises around 10:00 pm (PDT).

July 12 - Uranus and Moon On July 12th, Uranus rises within 4°30′ of the waning, gibbous Moon.

Neptune

Neptune is located in the constellation Capricornus (The Sea Goat) until the year 2010. For the entire month of July, Neptune rises within a few minutes of Jupiter. At the beginning of the month Neptune rises around 10:45 pm (PDT) and by the end of July Neptune rises around 8:45 pm (PDT).  Neptune is currently moving in retrograde motion.

July 10 - Jupiter and Neptune
On July 10th, Jupiter passes within 0°30′ of the planet Neptune and
about 6°15′ of the waning, gibbous Moon.

Pluto

Pluto is found in the constellation Sagittarius (The Archer) until the year 2023.  Moving in retrograde motion this month, Pluto sets around 5:25 am (PDT) at the beginning of July, and by the end of the month, Pluto sets around 3:20 am (PDT).

July 15 - Pluto
July 15 evening - Relative position, in the South East, of Pluto for
the month of July.


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