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USPS Star Calendar for 17-23 June 10 June 2012

Posted by amedalen in 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.

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USPS Star Calendar for 19-25 June 12 June 2011

Posted by amedalen in 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.