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  Sky Calendar -- June 2008
3 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 13h UT (357,251 km; 33.5').
3 New Moon at 19:23 UT. Start of lunation 1057.
6 Moon near Pollux at 10h UT (evening sky).
7 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) at 10h UT (50° from Sun, evening sky).
Messier 44 (Wikipedia)
7 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 15h UT. Mercury passes into the morning sky (not visible).
Inferior Conjunction (Wikipedia)
8 Moon near Mars at 1h UT (evening sky). Mag. +1.5.
9 Moon near Regulus at 2h UT (evening sky).
9 Venus at superior conjunction with the Sun at 4h UT. Passes into the evening sky (not visible).
Superior Conjunction (Wikipedia)
9 Moon near Saturn at 7h UT (evening sky). Mag. +0.7.
10 First Quarter Moon at 15:04 UT.
13 Moon near Spica at 8h UT (evening sky).
16 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 18h UT (distance 406,228 km; angular size 29.4').
17 Moon very near Antares at 5h UT (evening sky). Occultation visible from southern South America.
Occultation of Antares (IOTA)
18 Full Moon at 17:30 UT. The full Moon of June is called the "Rose Moon", "Flower Moon" or "Strawberry Moon".
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
20 Moon near Jupiter at 14h UT (morning sky). Mag. -2.7. Jupiter displays the largest and most detailed planetary disk of all the planets. Even a small telescope will reveal Jupiter's cloud bands and its four largest moons known as the Galilean moons (discovered by Galileo in 1610). Jupiter has a total of 63 moons.
20 Pluto at opposition at 16h UT. Mag. 14. Requires at least a 10-inch telescope and a very dark sky to view.
Pluto in 2008 (Sky & Telescope)
20 June solstice at 23:59 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.
June Solstice (Wikipedia)
26 Last Quarter Moon at 12:10 UT.
30 Moon near the Pleiades at 8h UT (evening sky).
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Summer Time = UT - 4 hours.

Clear skies till next month!

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