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  Sky Calendar -- June 2012
1 Moon near Spica and Saturn (evening sky) at 1h UT. Mags. +1.0 and +0.5.
3 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 13h UT (358,485 km; 33.3').
4 Moon near Antares (midnight sky) at 3h UT.
4 Full Moon at 11:11 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
4 Partial Eclipse of the Moon from 10:00 to 12:07 UT, mid-eclipse at 11:03 UT. Best seen from locations in and near the Pacific Ocean.
Partial Lunar Eclipse: 2012 Jun 04 (NASA inc Maps & Tables)
6 Transit of Venus across the Sun's face at 1h UT. For North America, the transit begins within 2 minutes of 22:05 UT on June 5 and is in progress till sunset. The W. Pacific, E. Asia, and E. Australia see the whole show. The second and final transit this century. Next transit of Venus occurs on Dec 11 2117. 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.
Transit of Venus (Wikipedia)
The 2012 Transit of Venus (NASA)
Live Coverage of the Transit of Venus (NASA)
Where to See the Transit of Venus Online (Sky & Telescope)
11 Last Quarter Moon at 10:42 UT.
12 Jupiter near the Pleiades (22° from Sun, morning sky) at 11h UT. Mag -2.0.
16 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 1h UT (distance 405,787 km; angular size 29.4').
17 Moon, Jupiter, and the Pleiades within 4.9° circle (26° from Sun, morning sky) at 3h UT. Occultation of Jupiter visible from Arctic Canada at 6h UT.
18 Moon, Venus, and Aldebaran within 5.0° circle (18° from Sun, morning sky) at 2h UT.
19 New Moon at 15:02 UT. Start of lunation 1107.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
20 June solstice at 23:07 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)
21 Moon near Mercury (24° from Sun, evening sky) at 17h UT. Mag. +0.0.
22 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) (evening sky) at 19h UT.
Beehive Star Cluster (M44) (Wikipedia)
24 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 11h UT.
26 Moon near Mars (evening sky) at 11h UT. Mag. +0.8.
27 First Quarter Moon at 3:29 UT.
28 Moon near Spica and Saturn (evening sky) at 8h UT. Mags. +1.0 and +0.7.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Daylight Time = UT - 4 hours.

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