Here are some important events for June stargazers. Most are listed in the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers calendar.
Mercury will be difficult to see at evening twilight during early June and during morning twilight at the later part of the month. Venus will be low in the north east in morning dawn and difficult to see at month’s end.
Jupiter will rise at 3 a.m. in the north east and low in the east by sunrise. Saturn is high in the south sky during early evening and sets in the west after midnight.
Uranus rises in the east around 3 a.m. Neptune rises in the east by midmonth. Pluto is high in the south sky by midnight and sets around morning twilight.
June 1 – New moon. A partial solar eclipse will also occur today in northern Canada.
June 10 – Hamilton Amateur Astronomers meeting featuring an Astronomy Trivia Night followed by a sky this month presentation by observing director Steve Germann.
The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m., Hamilton Spectator building, 44 Frid St., Hamilton. Free admission with door prizes. An optional donation of non-perishable food items will be collected for local food banks.
June 12 – The moon is at perigee or its closets approach to the Earth this month at 367,187 km
June 21 – Summer officially arrives with the summer solstice when the sun will be directly over the Tropic of Cancer at 1:17 p.m. Today will be the longest day of the year and we will see 15 hours and 23 minutes of daylight. The sun will rise at 5:39 a.m. and set at 9:02 p.m. From this point onwards the days will become shorter.
Hamilton Amateur Astronomers will celebrate the day by setting up telescopes and offering celestial views at the Giant’s Rib Fifth Annual Summer Solstice Fundraiser at the Lakeview Centre on the Hamilton waterfront.
For more information please see www.giantsrib.ca/solstice2011.html.
June 22 – The Royal Greenwich Observatory was founded on this date in 1675.
June 23 – Last quarter moon.
June 24 – The moon is furthest from the Earth or at apogee at 404,274 km. Astronomer Fred Hoyle was also born on this date in 1915. His theory of stellar nucleosynthesis helped explain nuclear processes inside stars.
June 26 – Comet watcher Charles Messier, who compiled the Messier list of celestial objects was born on this date in 1730.
June 28 – Pluto is at opposition. Around 4 a.m. the moon will pass between Mars and the Pleiades. The Pleiades is a star cluster also known as the seven sisters.
- Starwatch: The June night sky (guardian.co.uk)
- “Rare” Lunar Eclipse Wednesday – Longest in a Decade (worldwright.wordpress.com)
- Total eclipse coincides with tonight’s full moon (msnbc.msn.com)
- When do solstice’s and equinox’s happen (wiki.answers.com)
- Unusual Total Lunar Eclipse Coincides with Full Moon Tonight (space.com)
- The Moon Visits Two Star Clusters in Night Sky (space.com)
- Include astronomy in your summer trip (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Lunar eclipse expected to turn the moon red (guardian.co.uk)
- Lunar eclipse: stargazers treated to spectacular ‘blood red’ moon – Telegraph.co.uk (news.google.com)