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¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending June 7, 2014
Mercury is an evening object at the start of June. But you’d better try to find it in the first week or so. It passes between the earth and the sun on the 19th.
Jupiter is an evening object this month. It’s just west of Gemini, not much higher than Mercury in the evening sky, and is heading into the sunset with the twins. The big planet will be hard to see in the bright dusk by the end of the month, but a thin crescent moon left of it on the 29th may help.
Spica is on the meridian around sunset when the month starts. Saturn is to the east of it and Mars to the west. The moon is by Mars on the 7th, Spica on the 8th, and passes Saturn on the 9th. Mars starts the month just south of Porrima and moves closer to Spica by the end of the month. The red planet will pass by Spica in the middle of July. Saturn is nearly holding steady among the stars this month.
The moon ...