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Astronomy Calendar of Celestial Events for 2018

Post by Tryphosa on Sat Jun 02 2018, 18:14

Astronomy Calendar of Celestial Events
for Calendar Year 2018


(2018 is about half over but there are still events to look up at.)


June 21 - June Solstice. The June solstice occurs at 10:07 UTC. The North Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its northernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Cancer at 23.44 degrees north latitude. This is the first day of summer (summer solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of winter (winter solstice) in the Southern Hemisphere.

[*]June 27 - Saturn at Opposition. The ringed planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. This is the best time to view and photograph Saturn and its moons. A medium-sized or larger telescope will allow you to see Saturn's rings and a few of its brightest moons.

[*]June 28 - Full Moon. The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs at 04:53 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Strawberry Moon because it signaled the time of year to gather ripening fruit. It also coincides with the peak of the strawberry harvesting season. This moon has also been known as the Full Rose Moon and the Full Honey Moon.

http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2018.html
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Post by Tryphena on Sun Jun 03 2018, 07:19

Thank you for the post Tyo, beautiful heavenly shows to watch coming our way. Over Memorial weekend we all marveled at a big star in the sky, just assumed it was Venus. Was told it was Jupiter, sure enough confirmed in this report.

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Post by Tryphena on Sun Jul 08 2018, 07:19

July 12 - best opportunity to view Mercury. Go to link & get details.
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Post by Tryphosa on Mon Jul 09 2018, 09:08

Thanks Tryph, made a note of it!

July 12 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation of 26.4 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the planet low in the western sky just after sunset.

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Post by Tryphena on Thu Jul 12 2018, 22:34

Sky & Telescope says Saturday is the best day for viewing Mercury...

https://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/this-weeks-sky-at-a-glance-july-6-14/
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