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  Sky Calendar -- June 2018
1 Moon near Saturn (morning sky) at 1h UT. Mag. 0.2.
2 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 17h UT (distance 405,317 km; angular size 29.5').
3 Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 11h UT. Mag. −1.3.
Mars (Wikipedia)
6 Mercury at superior conjunction with Sun at 2h UT. The elusive planet passes into the evening sky.
6 Last Quarter Moon at 18:33 UT.
13 New Moon at 19:44 UT. Start of lunation 1181.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
14 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 23:53 UT (359,503 km; angular size 33.2').
15 Moon near Pollux (evening sky) at 22h UT.
16 Moon near Venus (38° from Sun, evening sky) at 13h UT. Mag. −4.0.
16 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 (evening sky) at 20h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
18 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 9h UT.
20 Venus 0.7° NNE of Beehive cluster (39° from Sun, evening sky) at 10h UT. Mag. −4.0.
20 First Quarter Moon at 10:51 UT.
21 June solstice at 10:07 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)
Equinoxes and Solstices from Space (NASA)
22 Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 8h UT.
Spica (Wikipedia)
23 Moon near Jupiter (evening sky) at 21h UT. Mag. −2.4.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
26 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 1h UT.
Antares (Wikipedia)
27 Saturn at opposition (opposite the Sun) at 13h UT. The ringed planet is at its closest and brightest at Mag. +0.0. SaturnŐs rings are spectacular even in a small telescope.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
Opposition (Wikipedia)
28 Moon near Saturn (midnight sky) at 4h UT. Mag. 0.0.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
28 Full Moon at 4:53 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
30 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 3h UT (distance 406,061 km; angular size 29.4').
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • USA Eastern Daylight Time = UT − 4 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Standard Time = UT + 10 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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