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  Sky Calendar -- June 2005
6 New Moon at 21:55 UT. Beginning of lunation 1020.
8 Moon near Venus at 12h UT (18° from Sun, evening sky).
9 Moon near Pollux at 23h UT (evening sky).
11 Moon at apogee (furthest from Earth) at 6h UT (distance 405,506 km; angular size 29.5').
15 First Quarter Moon at 1:22 UT.
16 Moon very near Jupiter at 6h UT (evening sky). Occultation visible from New Zealand.
17 Moon near Spica at 10h UT (evening sky).
20 Moon very near Antares at 19h UT (evening sky). Occultation visible along a wide path from the Middle East through to South-East Asia.
21 June solstice at 6:48 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.
22 Full Moon at 4:14 UT. The full Moon of June is called the "Rose Moon", "Flower Moon" or "Strawberry Moon".
23 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 12h UT (distance 359,674 km; size 33.2').
24 Venus, Saturn, and Mercury close together low in the west-northwest about 30 to 45 minutes after sunset. The planets are in a compact formation 2.5° across, from left to right: Saturn (mag. +0.2), Venus (-3.9), and Mercury (-0.3). The stars Pollux and Castor are further to the right. Follow the changing positions of all three planets over the next few nights.
27 Mercury 0.07° from Venus at 18h UT (evening sky).
28 Last Quarter Moon at 18:23 UT.
29 Moon near Mars at 2h UT (86° from Sun, morning sky).
MORNING PLANETS: Mars (mag. +0.3 to 0.0) rises after midnight. Surface features may be visible in a medium-sized telescope.
EVENING PLANETS: Mercury (mag. -2.1 to +0.1) passes into the evening sky on the 3rd. Saturn (+0.2) descends lower each night. Jupiter (-2.1) shines bright in the southwest. Venus (-3.9) low in the west-northwest.
All times Universal Time (UT). (USA Eastern Summer Time = UT - 4 hours)

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