July 2016 Star Calendar

Star calendar 1–31 July 2016

1 Jul      Low in the east at dawn, Aldebaran is 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower left. The Pleiades Cluster is about the same distance to the upper right. The moon is at perigee, 57.38 Earth-radii (366,000 kilometers) away.

2 Jul      The moon is to Aldebaran’s lower left.

4 Jul      Earth is at aphelion, its farthest distance from the sun for the year at 1.01675 AU (94.5 million miles or 151 million kilometers).

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Star calenar for June 2016

Star calendar 1–30 June 2016

3 Jun    Low in the east before dawn, Mercury is 1 finger-width above the moon. At opposition, Saturn will be fully illuminated by the sun. At its closest approach to Earth, Saturn is at its brightest for the year and visible all night long. The moon is at perigee, 56.62 Earth-radii (361,000 kilometers) away.

5 Jun    Rising an hour before the sun, Mercury is at its greatest elongation, 24.2 degrees west of the sun.

7 Jun    Low in the west at sunset, the Gemini Twins are to the moon’s upper right.

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Star calendar for May 2016

Star calendar 1–31 May 2016

6 May    The moon is at perigee, 56.1 Earth-radii (358,000 kilometers) away. With perigee occurring 15 hours before the new moon, expect tidal extremes.

9 May    Mercury is at inferior conjunction as it passes between the sun and Earth.

10 May    The Gemini Twins, Pollux and Castor, are 1 fist-width to the moon’s upper right low in the west tonight.

11 May    Tonight, the Gemini Twins are 1 fist-width to the moon’s right, and bright Procyon is 1 fist-width below the moon.

13 May    High in the south at dusk, Regulus, in the constellation Leo, the Lion, is 2 finger-widths above the moon. Jupiter is 1½ fist-widths to the moon’s upper left.

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Star calendar for April 2016

Star calendar 1–30 April 2016

1 Apr    At dawn, the moon is low in the southeast with Sagittarius to the right. Scorpius is farther to the right with Saturn and Mars above the Scorpion.

5 Apr    Mercury is at perihelion, its closest approach to the sun, 0.3075 astronomical units away.

7 Apr    The moon is at perigee, 56 Earth-radii (357,000 kilometers) away, its second-closest approach for the year. Because perigee occurs only 6 hours after the new moon, expect extreme tides.

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Star calendar for March 2016

Star calendar 1–31 March 2016

1 Mar    Low in the south this morning, Mars is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s right, Saturn is 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower left, and Antares is 1 fist-width below the moon. Compare the colors of Mars and Antares, the “rival of Mars.”

2 Mar    Saturn is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right this morning. Antares lies 4 finger-widths beyond Saturn.

4 Mar    The moon is 4 finger-widths below Regulus this evening.

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Star calendar for February 2016

Star calendar 1–29 February 2016

1 Feb     Low in the south before dawn, the moon and Mars are separated by 1 finger-width.

2 Feb     This morning the moon lies between Mars, 1½ fist-widths to the right, and Saturn, about the same distance to the lower left. Antares is 3 or 4 finger-widths to Saturn’s lower right.

3 Feb     Saturn is 2 finger-widths below the moon.

6 Feb     Mercury is 1 finger-width below the moon. Venus is a little more than 2 finger-widths to the moon’s right.

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January 2016 Star Calendar

Star calendar 1–31 January 2016

1 Jan   Low in the west at dusk, Mercury sets 1½ hours after the sun.

2 Jan    At 2249 UT, Earth is at perihelion, its closest approach to the sun, 0.98 astronomical units away.}

3 Jan    Rising 6 hours before the sun, the moon and Spica are high in the south at sunrise, with Mars 1 finger-width to the moon’s lower left. Better than average, the Quadrantids meteor shower may bring up to 40 meteors per hour at its peak tonight and tomorrow morning.

6 Jan    Low in the east before dawn, brilliant Venus is less than 3 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left. Saturn is 1 finger-width to Venus’ lower left.

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Stargazer star calendar for November 2015

Star calendar 1–30 November 2015

1 Nov      Daylight saving time ends at 0200, when we turn back the clocks, repeating the hour 0100 to 0200. Before dawn, the moon is below the Gemini Twins with Orion to the lower right.

2 Nov      Jupiter, Venus and Mars are high in the east before dawn. Venus and Mars are ½ finger-width apart.

4 Nov     Look low in the east 3 hours after sunset for bright Aldebaran just above the horizon with the Pleiades Cluster 1 fist-width above it. The Pleiades, or Seven Sisters, contains hundreds of stars, but only a handful are visible without binoculars.

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Stargazer October 2015 Star Calendar

Star calendar 1–31 October 2015

2 Oct      High in the west before dawn, the moon is only ½ degree from Aldebaran. Orion is to the left.

7 Oct      High in the east before dawn, three planets and a bright star line up to the moon’s lower left. Venus is 1 fist-width below the moon, Regulus is 1 finger-width to Venus’ left, Mars is another fist-width to the lower left, and Jupiter is 2 finger-widths beyond Mars.

8 Oct      This morning the moon is less than 2 finger-widths to Venus’ upper right. Regulus is to Venus’ left.

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