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USPS Star Calendar for 5-11 June 29 May 2011

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5 Jun    The moon remains above the horizon for 3 hours after sunset. As twilight fades, look 1.5 fist-widths below the moon for magnitude 0.5 Procyon and the same distance to the right for the Gemini Twins. As the sky darkens, look high in the north for the Big Dipper, Ursa Major, with its handle pointing up.

6 Jun    Regulus is 1 fist-width to the waxing crescent moon’s upper left this evening. The Gemini Twins are far to the lower right. About 20 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

7 Jun    Regulus is less than 4 finger-widths to the moon’s upper right tonight. Saturn is far to the upper left.

8 Jun    The moon is midway between Regulus, to the right or upper right, and Saturn, to the upper left.

9 Jun    Saturn is 1 fist-width to the moon’s upper left, high in the south at dusk. Spica is 2 fist-widths to the left. First-quarter moon at 0211 UT

10 Jun    Spica is 3 finger-widths to the moon’s left or upper left tonight. Magnitude 0.8 Saturn is 1 fist-width to the upper right. Get out your binoculars and try to spot magnitude 2.9 Porrima less than one-quarter degree to Saturn’s upper right.

11 Jun    Spica is less than 1 fist-width to the moon’s upper right tonight. Arcturus is 3.5 fist-widths above the moon. About 75 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

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USPS Star Calendar for 29 May-4 June 22 May 2011

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29 May    Jupiter is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right before dawn.

30 May    Just before dawn, Jupiter is far to the moon’s upper right. Using binoculars, try to spot magnitude 1.3 Mars, less than 2 finger-widths below the moon, before the sun rises. Less than 10 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

1 Jun    A partial solar eclipse is visible in the northern two-thirds of Alaska and parts of northern Canada. New moon at 2103 UT

4 Jun    The waxing crescent moon is less than 1 fist-width to the lower left of the Gemini Twins. Less than 10 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

USPS Star Calendar for 22-28 May 15 May 2011

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22 May    High in the south at dawn, Altair is 2.5 fist-widths to the moon’s upper right.

24 May    Cygnus, the Swan, is directly overhead just before dawn. Magnitude 1.3 Deneb is the brightest star of the constellation. Last-quarter moon at 1852 UT

25 May    Cassiopeia, the “lazy W” constellation, is far left of the moon, which rises 4 hours before the sun.

27 May    The moon is at apogee, 63.5 Earth-radii away. A little more than 25 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

28 May    The waning crescent moon rises less than 3 hours before the sun. Jupiter rises nearly an hour after the moon. Get out your binoculars and look low in the east before dawn; Jupiter is 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower left. About 20 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

USPS Star Calendar for 15-21 May 8 May 2011

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15 May    The moon is at perigee, 56.78 Earth-radii away.

17 May    Rising less than an hour after sunset, the moon is 2 finger-widths above Antares. Full Flower Moon at 1109 UT

18 May    Low in the southeast at dawn, the moon is 1 finger-width above Antares.

20 May    The moon is just above Sagittarius, the Teapot constellation, this morning. Ninety percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

21 May    The waning gibbous moon rises 4 hours after sunset. More than 75 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

USPS Star Calendar for 8-14 May 1 May 2011

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8 May    Capella is 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower left, and the Gemini Twins are about the same distance to its upper right. Orion is directly below the moon near the horizon. The moon slips from view soon after sunset.

10 May    Less than one-half finger-width apart, Venus and Jupiter rise an hour before the sun. Venus, the brighter of the two, is on the right. Mercury is less than 1 finger-width to the lower right. In the early evening, use binoculars to see magnitude 1.3 Regulus 4 finger-widths to the moon’s upper left high in the southwest and Procyon 3 fist-widths to the lower right. First-quarter moon at 2033 UT

11 May    Regulus is less than 1 fist-width to the moon’s upper right tonight. Magnitude 0.6 Saturn is 3 fist-widths to the lower left.

12 May    Tonight, the moon is only 2 fist-widths to the left of Saturn. About 66 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

13 May    Saturn is less than 4 finger-widths to the moon’s upper left in the early evening. Magnitude 1.2 Spica is 1.5 fist-widths to the lower left. About 75 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

14 May    Spica is a little more than 1 finger-width to the moon’s upper left this evening.