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Tuesday, June 01, 2010


The Sky This Week - Thursday June 3 to Thursday June 10

The Last Quarter Moon is Saturday June 5. Venus is readily visible in the twilight. Saturn is seen in the evening above the northern horizon near the bright stars Regulus and Spica. Mars is very close to Regulus. Jupiter is easily seen in the morning sky, with Mercury below it. On June 6 and 7 Jupiter is near the Moon.

The morning sky facing north-east in Australia on Monday June 7 at 5:45 am local time showing Jupiter, Uranus, the Moon and Mercury.

The Last Quarter Moon is Saturday June 5.

Mercury is in the morning sky and is visible low to the horizon below Jupiter.

Jupiter is clearly visible in the north-eastern sky as the brightest object in the early morning. Jupiter is now high enough for telescopic observation to be rewarding. Jupiter looks a little different now that one of its bands has disappeared. Jupiter and Uranus are close together and can be seen near each other in a pair of binoculars. They will be at their closest on Tuesday June 8, where they can be seen together in low power telescope eyepieces. On Sunday June 6 and Monday June 7 Jupiter is close to the waning Moon.

Evening sky looking North-west showing Venus, Mars, and bright stars at 6:45 pm local time on Monday June 7. Click to embiggen.

Bright white Venus is now readily visible above the western horizon from half an hour after Sunset, (even before) until past the end of twilight (about an hour and a half after sunset). During the week Venus comes closer to the bright star Pollux in Gemini.

In the evening Mars can be seen low in the north-western sky. It has faded a lot, but is still the brightest (and clearly red) object in that part of the sky. Mars will be just under Regulus, the bright star in Leo the lion at the end of the Week. Mars is at its closest to Regulus on Monday June 7.

Saturn is rising before Sunset and is easily visible in the evening sky as the bright yellow object between the bright stars Regulus and Spica, just up from Mars. Now is still a very good time for telescopic observation of the ringed world. Saturn is quite high in the sky for the best telescopic views at around 8 pm. Saturn's' rings are opening, and look quite beautiful, even in a small telescope. On the 10th of June, Saturns' Moon Titan cruises just above the planets north pole.

If you don't have a telescope, now is a good time to visit one of your local astronomical societies open nights or the local planetariums.

Printable PDF maps of the Eastern sky at 10 pm ADST, Western sky at 10 pm ADST. For further details and more information on what's up in the sky, see Southern Skywatch. Cloud cover predictions can be found at SkippySky.


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