Planets and meteor showers in June

2015-05-21 06:00
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During the month of June, we will experience the shortest day of the year on 21 June.

Photo: rado moskov During the month of June, we will experience the shortest day of the year on 21 June.

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Sun

In the beginning the Sun rises at 6:52 and sets at 17:03, at the end rises at 7:01 and sets at 17:05.

21 Winter Solstice

The shortest day and the longest night in the Southern Hemisphere. The Sun is at its maximum distance – 23.5° from the celestial equator in the Northern sky. From this day onwards, the days will get longer and the nights shorter. The ecliptic is at equal angles to the horizon on sunset and sunrise points, meaning that the twilight duration is equal at sunset and sunrise.

Moon

2nd Full Moon

9th Last quarter

16th New Moon

24th First quarter

Mercury

In the beginning of the month is invisible, because is too close to the Sun, but as it starts to move away from us it will appear in the middle of the month before Sunset in Taurus. It will rise at 5:20am and can be observed with good success. The best time however will be on 24 June when Mercury will reach its greatest western elongation and will be 22.5° from the Sun.

Venus

The month of June is one of the best times to watch Venus on the west. During the month Venus will cross 3 constellations in its movement across the sky. In the beginning of the month is clearly visible after sunset in Gemini, on the 3rd will enter Cancer, where on the 6th it will reach it maximum visible distance from the Sun, at whopping 45.4° degrees Eastern Elongation. Cancer is a dim constellation, but in June has important visitors – Jupiter is also there and Venus will start approaching Jupiter at speedy rate. On 26th Venus will leave Cancer and enter Leo and the distance to Jupiter will diminish spectacularly and they will be closer than the visible diameter of the Moon, 0.4°. This occurrence produces many false reports of “UFOs” as it is bright and spectacular.

Mars

Most unfavorable conditions to see the red planet. On the 14th will be at conjunction as you can see on the map, lined behind the Sun and impossible to see.

Jupiter

The time to see the biggest planet in June is good, but will be diminishing as the month progresses so you should make the most of it when the conditions allow. By the end of the month sets at 20:22, so you have only three hours to see it.

Saturn

Is in now in Libra and can be seen throughout the whole night. The month starts with a spectacular opening – on the 1st Saturn will be 2.2° from the Moon. This beautiful planet is worth braving the colder nights of June.

Uranus

Will be visible in the second half of the night, rising at 2H49 in the beginning of the month and at 1:00 by the end. On the 12th will be 2° up from the crescent Moon. It shouldn’t be difficult to find as it is 0.2° from the star Zeta Piscium, a dim double star, though actually is a white giant star.

Neptune

Is rising at 23:43 in the beginning of the month and 21:49 by the end.

Comet Gale

Can be observed with simple binoculars in Aquarius after midnight in the first half of the month and in Cetus in the second, moving away from us

Meteor Showers

Tau Cetids

Visible 18 June till 4th in Cetus, before sunset, the radiant is near the start tau. On the morning of 27th expect maximum four meteors per hour.

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