Category: This Month Sky

August 2016 Sky

June 2017 Sky

August 2016 Sky 2 New Moon at 20:45 UT. Start of lunation 1158. • Lunation Number (Wikipedia) 4 Moon near Venus (16° from Sun, evening sky) at 5h UT. Mag. -3.9. 4 Moon near Regulus (18° from Sun, evening sky)

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July 2016 Sky

June 2017 Sky

July 2016 Sky 1 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 7h UT (365,983 km; angular size 32.7′). 1 Moon near the Pleiades (40° from Sun, morning sky) at 12h UT. • The Pleiades (Wikipedia) 2 Moon near Aldebaran (31°

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June 2016 Sky

June 2017 Sky

June 2016 Sky 3 Saturn at opposition (opposite the Sun) at 6h UT. The ringed planet is at its brightest (mag. +0.0) and closest in 25 years (globe diameter 18.5″, rings span 42″). Saturn’s rings are spectacular even in a

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May 2016 Sky

June 2017 Sky

May 2016 Sky 5 Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks. Most active for 7 days around this date. Associated with Comet Halley. Very fast, bright meteors, up to 30 per hour. Favors skywatchers in the tropics and southern hemisphere observing after

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April 2016 Sky

June 2017 Sky

April 2016 Sky 6 Moon very near Venus (16° from Sun, morning sky) at 8h UT. Daytime occultation (very thin crescent Moon) from Europe, northern Africa, and western Russia. Mag. -3.9. • Occultations of Venus in 2016 (IOTA) 7 New

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March 2016 Sky

June 2017 Sky

March 2016 Sky 1 Last Quarter Moon at 23:11 UT. 2 Moon near Saturn (86° from Sun, morning sky) at 7h UT. Mag. +0.5. 7 Moon near Venus (23° from Sun, morning sky) at 9h UT. Mag. -3.9. 8 Moon

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February 2016 Sky

June 2017 Sky

February 2016 Sky 1 Last Quarter Moon at 3:28 UT. 1 Moon near Mars (87° from Sun, morning sky) at 10h UT. Mag. +0.8. 3 Moon near Saturn (60° from Sun, morning sky) at 19h UT. Mag. +0.5. 6 Moon

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January 2016 Sky

June 2017 Sky

January 2016 Sky 2 Last Quarter Moon at 5:30 UT. 2 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 12h UT (distance 404,277 km; angular size 29.6′). 2 Earth at Perihelion (closest to Sun) at 23h UT. The Sun-Earth distance is

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December 2015 Sky

June 2017 Sky

December 2015 Sky 2 Moon near Regulus (100° from Sun, morning sky) at 11h UT. 3 Last Quarter Moon at 7:40 UT. 4 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 4h UT. Mag. -2.0. 5 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth)

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November 2015 Sky

June 2017 Sky

November 2015 Sky 3 Moon near Beehive cluster (morning sky) at 7h UT. • Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia) • M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD) 3 Venus 0.7° SSW of Mars (46° from Sun, morning sky) at 8h UT. Mags. -4.3 and

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