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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.

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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.

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.

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.