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USPS Star Calendar for 5-11 June 29 May 2011

Posted by amedalen in June 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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