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  Sky Calendar -- June 2004
2 Moon near Antares at 24h UT (midnight sky).
3 Full Moon at 4:20 UT. The full Moon of June is called the "Rose Moon", "Flower Moon" or "Strawberry Moon" in old almanacs.
3 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 13h UT (distance 357,247 km; angular size 33.5').
8 Transit of Venus. For the first time since 1882 Venus will cross the face of the Sun as viewed from Earth. This very rare event lasts almost 6 hours and can be seen by skywatchers worldwide (except in the western USA and southern South America). The transit begins at about 5:13 UT and ends at 11:26 UT. Exact times vary by about 7 minutes depending on geographic location. WARNING: NEVER LOOK AT THE SUN -- IT WILL INSTANTLY DAMAGE YOUR EYES. Skywatchers can safely observe the transit of Venus by using a pinhole in a large card to project the Sun's image onto a white surface. Venus will appear as a distinct black disk 1/30th as wide as the Sun.
9 Last Quarter Moon at 20:03 UT.
15 Moon near the Pleiades at 14h UT (morning sky).
16 Moon near Venus at 15h UT (only 13° from Sun, morning sky).
17 Moon at apogee (furthest from Earth) at 16h UT (distance 406,575 km; angular size 29.4').
17 New Moon at 20:27 UT. Beginning of lunation 1008.
18 Mercury at superior conjunction at 21h UT (not visible). The planet passes into the evening sky.
19 Moon near Saturn at 7h UT (16° from Sun, evening sky).
20 Moon near Mars at 11h UT (evening sky).
21 June solstice at 0:57 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 Moon near Jupiter at 2h UT (evening sky).
25 First Quarter Moon at 19:08 UT.
All times Universal Time (UT). (USA Eastern Summer Time = UT ­ 4 hours)

Clear skies till next month!

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