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The Night Sky Planisphere

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  Sky Calendar -- June 2003
1 Moon near Saturn (mag. +0.1) at 20h UT (19° from Sun, evening sky).
3 Mercury at greatest elongation, 24° west of Sun (morning sky). Event occurs at 6h UT. Magnitude +0.6.
5 Moon near Jupiter (mag. ­1.9) at 8h UT.
7 First Quarter Moon at 20:28 UT.
10 Venus near the Pleiades (mag. ­3.9) at 7h UT (19° from Sun, morning sky).
12 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 23h UT (distance 360,425 km; angular size 33.2').
13 Moon near Antares (mag +1.03, the brightest star in Scorpius) at 15h UT. Friday the 13th--the only one for the year. Did you know that Friday falls on the 13th more often than any other day!
14 Full Moon at 11:16 UT. The full Moon of June is called the "Rose Moon", "Flower Moon" or "Strawberry Moon" in old almanacs.
19 Moon near Mars (mag. ­1.1) at 7h UT (morning sky). By the end of the month the red planet will rise around midnight and brighten to mag. ­1.5, at which time its disk will be 16 arcseconds wide.
21 Venus very close to Mercury at 6h UT (16° from Sun, morning sky). The planets (mags. ­3.9, ­0.8) will be 0.39° apart at their closest. Difficult to observe due to the close proximity of the Sun.
21 Last Quarter Moon at 14:45 UT.
21 Summer solstice at 19:11 UT. The time when the Sun reaches the point farthest north of the celestial equator marking the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern Hemisphere.
24 Saturn at conjunction with the Sun at 13h UT. The planet now passes into the morning sky.
25 Moon at apogee (furthest from Earth) at 2h UT (distance 405,232 km; angular size 29.5').
26 Moon near the Pleiades at 17h UT (34° from Sun, morning sky).
29 New Moon at 18:39 UT. Beginning of lunation 996.
All times Universal Time (UT). (USA Eastern Summer Time = UT ­ 4 hours)

Clear skies till next month!

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