Stargazer for June 2015

Star calendar 1–30 June 2015

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1 June   Saturn is two finger-widths to the moon’s upper right this evening.

2 June   Tonight Venus is a little more than 2 finger-widths to the left of Pollux, forming a straight line with the Gemini Twins. Antares and the moon rise a few minutes after sunset.

14 June   Before dawn, the Pleiades Cluster is less than a fist-width to the moon’s upper left.

15 June   Watch Jupiter and Venus line up between Regulus and Pollux in the west. At dusk, Venus becomes visible first. Jupiter is next, 4 finger-widths to the upper left. The stars come last: Pollux, 1½ fist-widths to Venus’ lower right, and Regulus, 1 fist-width to Jupiter’s upper left.

19 June   Low in the west at dusk, Venus is 3 finger-widths above the moon, while Jupiter is 3 finger-widths to Venus’ upper left. In the next few days, the planets grow closer until they pass closely on the 30th.

20 June   Venus and Jupiter are to the moon’s right tonight. Regulus is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s upper left.

21 June   The Summer Solstice occurs at 1638 UT. Regulus is less than 3 finger-widths to the moon’s upper right.

23 June   Venus and Jupiter are separated by less than the width of 2 fingers held at arm’s length.

24 June   At its greatest elongation 22.5 degrees west of the sun, Mercury rises more than an hour before sunrise.

25 June   Spica is little more than 1 finger-width to the moon’s lower left this evening.

26 June   The moon lies between Spica, 1 fist-width to the right or lower right, and Saturn, 2½ fist-widths to the lower left. Venus and Jupiter are separated by only 1 finger-width.

27 June   The moon moves closer to Saturn this evening. Spica is more than 2 fist-widths to the right, and Saturn is 1 fist-width to the lower left.

28 June   Today marks the year’s latest sunset at latitude 40 degrees north. The moon passes close to Saturn this evening. By the time the sky is dark enough to see Saturn, the pair are separated by less than 1 finger-width. [Binoculars]

29 June   Antares is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right. Saturn is nearly 1½ fist-widths to the upper right.

30 June   Venus and Jupiter pass within a third of a degree this evening. [Binoculars]

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