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USPS Star Calendar for 24-30 June 17 June 2012

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25 Jun    Mars is 4 finger-widths above the moon in the southwest tonight. About one-third of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

26 Jun    This evening Mars is 1 fist-width to the moon’s upper right, and magnitude 0.7 Saturn is 2 fist-widths to the upper left. Magnitude 1.2 Regulus is just below Saturn.

27 Jun    Regulus is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s upper left tonight, and Saturn is 2 finger-widths above Regulus.

28 Jun    The moon is farther east tonight with Regulus and Saturn 1 fist-width to the upper right. Look high above the moon for magnitude 0.2 Arcturus.

30 Jun    Tonight the moon is in the head of the Scorpion with magnitude 1.1 Antares 3 finger-widths to the lower left.

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USPS Star Calendar for 17-23 June 10 June 2012

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17 Jun    Jupiter and the waning crescent moon rise 1½ hours before the sun. Jupiter is 1 finger-width to the moon’s upper right, the Pleiades Cluster is 2½ finger-widths above the moon, and brilliant Venus is 3 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left.

20 Jun    Summer begins at 2307 UT as the sun reaches its farthest point north of the celestial equator.

21 Jun    Look low in the west at dusk to see the thin waxing crescent moon close to the horizon with Mercury 4 finger-widths to the upper right.

23 Jun    An hour after sunset, look for the thin waxing crescent moon low in the west, 4 finger-widths below magnitude 1.3 Regulus.

USPS Star Calendar for 10-16 June 3 June 2012

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10 Jun    In the south before dawn, magnitude 1.3 Fomalhaut is 2½ fist-widths below the waning gibbous moon.

11 Jun    The last-quarter moon rises 4½ hours before the sun and is high in the southeast at first light.

13 Jun    The moon rises 3½ hours before the sun, and just above the eastern horizon, brilliant magnitude -2.0 Jupiter rises 1 1/4 hours before sunrise.

16 Jun    The moon is at apogee, 63.62 Earth-radii (406,000 kilometers) away.

USPS Star Calendar for 3-9 June 27 May 2012

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3 Jun    Rising a half hour before sunset, the nearly full moon is high in the south or southeast by midnight. Antares, the heart of the Scorpion, is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left. The moon is at perigee, 56.21 Earth-radii (358,000 kilometers) away.

4 Jun    The full moon rises a half hour after sunset and is low in the southwest by morning. Before dawn, a partial lunar eclipse is visible for most of the United States.

5 Jun    Rising 1½ hours after sunset, the waning gibbous moon is low in the southeast by dawn.

8 Jun    High in the south at first light, magnitude 0.9 Altair is far to the moon’s upper right.

USPS Star Calendar for 27 May-2 June 20 May 2012

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27 May    Magnitude 1.3 Regulus is 3 finger-widths above the moon tonight, and Mars is 1½ fist-widths to the moon’s upper left. About one-third of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

28 May    Magnitude 0.5 Mars is less than 4 finger-widths above the waxing crescent moon tonight.

29 May    High in the south after sunset, Mars is 1 fist-width to the moon’s upper right, and Saturn is 3 fist-widths to the moon’s upper left.

30 May    Closer to the moon tonight, Saturn is 1½ fist-widths to its upper left, while Mars is 2½ fist-widths to the moon’s upper right. Nearly two-thirds of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

31 May    In a straight line tonight, magnitude 1.2 Spica is 1 finger-width above the moon and magnitude 0.5 Saturn is 2 finger-widths beyond Spica.

1 Jun    In the southeast early this evening, Saturn and Spica are 1½ fist-widths to the moon’s upper right and Mars is another 4 fist-widths beyond. Scorpius rises far to the lower left.