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June 2015 astronomical events

31 May 2015, 00:00 UTC
June 2015 astronomical events
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¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending June 6, 2015

June 2015 is an awesome month for observing Venus. It starts out the month just left of Kappa Geminorum after sunset in the west. It proceeds eastward a little more each night, achieving greatest elongation 45° east of the sun on the 6th. When it passes through the heart of Cancer on the 14th, check out the view next to the Beehive Cluster (also called Praesepe)! A little higher up than Venus is Jupiter. It’s also moving eastward although much more slowly in the space between Cancer and Leo. Venus is closing in on Jupiter already as the moon passes south of them on the 20th. On the very last evening in June and the first day of July, Venus is only 0.3° south of Jupiter. It will be fantastic to see them both in a telescope. Venus will keep going toward Regulus in Leo into July.
Saturn is in the southern part of the sky (for northern hemisphere viewers) at sunset with a nearly full moon west of it in Libra. The ringed planet is moving slowly westward between Scorpio and Libra. The moon passes Saturn ...

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