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Thursday, May 31, 2018


Southern Skywatch June 2018 edition is now out!

Evening sky on Saturday June 2 looking east  as seen from Adelaide at 22:00 ACST.  Saturn and Mars are clearly visible and the waning Moon is between Mars and Saturn. Vesta is visible in binoculars.

The inset to the right is a simulated telescopic view of Saturn and the globular cluster M22.

Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (click to embiggen).

The June edition of Southern Skywatch is now up.

This month still sees all of the bright planetary action in the evening sky. Speedy Mercury returns to the evening sky late in the month, Venus and Jupiter are prominent in the evening sky and Mars and Saturn rise higher in the evening sky.

Venus is close to the Beehive cluster on the 20th. 

Jupiter is close to alpha Librae (Zubenelgenubi) at the begining of the month and the Moon on the 23rd.

 Mars is becoming brighter

Saturn is close to the globular cluster M22 this month and is at opposition on the 27th.

Vesta is at opposition and potentially visible to the unaided eye on the 20th.

June 23; Moon close to Jupiter. June 1-3, June 28-30; Mars, Saturn  and Moon close

June 3, June 30; Moon at Apogee.  June 15 Moon at Perigee.


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