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Astronomy Info & Events: June

The Visible Planets

Mercury is located slightly above the northwestern horizon after sunset during the early part of the month, however it might be very difficult to see the planet from our latitude as it will be in the glow of the setting Sun. On June 17, look for Mars very near Mercury low along the northwestern horizon. Binoculars or a telescope will help to see these two worlds.

Venus is located very low along the northeastern horizon before sunrise during the month and hence may be difficult to see in the glow of the rising Sun. Observers in more southerly latitudes however will have a better view of Venus as Venus will appear higher in the sky from those latitudes.

Mars may still be found with difficulty very low in the northwestern sky after sunset. The waxing crescent Moon will be found near Mars on the evening of June 5. Look for Mars near the brighter planet Mercury on the evening of June 17.

Jupiter is the brilliant object located in the constellation of Serpens Cauda (part of Ophiuchus), the tail of the serpent, and is seen rising along the southeastern horizon at sunset. By sunrise, Jupiter will be seen setting along the south-southwestern horizon. During the evenings of June 16 and June 17, look for the Full Moon near the bright planet. Jupiter will be at its point of opposition on June 10.

Saturn rises after midnight in the southeastern sky and is located in the constellation of Sagittarius, the archer. By morning, before sunrise, Saturn stands only 14 degrees above the southern horizon. The waning gibbous Moon can be seen near Saturn before sunrise on June 18 and 19.

Moon Phases

June 3 New Moon

June 9 First Quarter Moon

June 17 Full Moon (The Strawberry Moon)

June 25 Last Quarter Moon

Special Events

International Space Station (ISS) Observable Passes

During the month of June there are no evening observable passes of the ISS. Evening passes of the ISS will start up again in month of July.

June 10 Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Edmonton Centre meeting

7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the Zeidler Dome at the TELUS World of Science

Free to attend. Tonight’s special guest speaker will be Dr. Robert Smith, speaking on the Apollo 11 mission (for the 50th anniversary) entitled: From Aunt Effie’s Farm to the Moon: The Apollo Program in Context

See http://www.edmontonrasc.com for more details.

June 10 Jupiter at opposition

June 11 A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Canadian Space Agency's Radarsat Constellation Mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

June 16 Father’s Day

June 21 Summer Solstice takes place at exactly 11:54 a.m. MDT.

June 24 Three Expedition 59 crewmembers will return to Earth after spending more than 6 months at the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, will depart the orbiting laboratory in the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft and touch down in Kazakhstan.

June 30 Asteroid Day