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USPS Star Calendar for 3-9 July 26 June 2011

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3 Jul    At dusk, magnitude -0.3 Mercury is 1.5 fist-widths to the moon’s right, and Regulus is the same distance to the upper left.

4 Jul    Earth is at aphelion, its farthest distance from the sun, 1.01674 astronomical units or a little more than 152 million kilometers away, which is nearly 5 million kilometers farther than at perihelion on 3 Jan. Regulus is 3 finger-widths to the moon’s upper right tonight. Ten percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

5 Jul    Regulus is 1.5 fist-widths to the moon’s right tonight.

7 Jul    Tonight the moon forms a triangle with Saturn and Spica. Saturn is less than 1 fist-width to the moon’s upper right, and Spica is about 1 fist-width to the upper left. The moon is at perigee, 57.94 Earth-radii or about 370,000 kilometers away. A little more than one-third of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

8 Jul    Spica is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s upper right this evening. First-quarter moon at 0629 UT

USPS Star Calendar for 26 June-2 July 19 June 2011

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26 Jun    Jupiter is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s right this morning. They rise a little more than 2 hours before the sun. About 25 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

27 Jun    The waning crescent moon lies midway between Jupiter, 1.5 fist-widths to the upper right, and magnitude 1.4 Mars, the same distance to the lower left. The Pleiades Cluster is 3 finger-widths above Mars.

28 Jun    The moon is nearly 2 finger-widths above Mars this morning. With your binoculars, try to spot magnitude 4.5 37 Tauri between them. They rise a little more than two hours before the sun. The Pleiades Cluster is 1 finger-width above the moon.

1 Jul    New moon at 0854 UT

2 Jul    Today marks the year’s midpoint. Mercury is 3 finger-widths to the upper right of the thin waxing crescent moon tonight. Less than 5 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

USPS Star Calendar for 19-25 June 12 June 2011

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19 Jun    The waning gibbous moon is high in the south before dawn. Magnitude 0.9 Altair is 2.5 fist-widths to the upper right, and magnitude 1.3 Fomalhaut is 3 fist-widths to the lower left.

21 Jun    Today marks the first day of summer. The summer solstice occurs at 1717 UT as the sun is farthest north of the celestial equator for the year.

23 Jun    Last-quarter moon at 1148 UT

24 Jun    The moon is at apogee, 63.46 Earth-radii away.

25 Jun    In the east before dawn, magnitude -2.2 Jupiter is less than 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower left. About 40 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

USPS Star Calendar for 12-18 June 5 June 2011

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12 Jun    The moon is at perigee, 57.63 Earth-radii away.

13 Jun    The moon is in the head of the Scorpion constellation, Scorpius, this evening. Antares, the heart of the Scorpion, is 4 finger-widths to the lower left.

14 Jun    Antares and the moon rise an hour after sunset. Antares is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s right.

15 Jun    Full Strawberry Moon at 2014 UT

16 Jun    Tonight the moon is above the Teapot constellation, Sagittarius.

17 Jun    Rising nearly two hours after sunset, the moon is high in the south by early morning. Sagittarius is to the moon’s right or lower right, and Altair, in Aquila, the Eagle, is high above or to the moon’s upper right.