Saturday, June 11, 2011

Events for the Week 6/11 to 6/18

After partying with the Partial Solar Eclipse of June 1, it's time to have a ball with The Total Lunar Eclipse coming up on the 15th! Despite to mention the eclipse again, the moon will be busy; it will visit many constellations and objects among others this week as well! [We've improved events! Now we use four oustdie sources and compile them all into one: Sky&Telescope, Astronomy.com, Transit-Savage.com, and EarthSky.com!]

Events for 6/12

The big and little dipper are prominent features in our sky this week. June is about the best time to view them, use Polaris and the other 'pointers' to locate these constellations. The quotation below is taken from last week's astronomical events.
Locating the dippers are easy...In order to find it's lesser 'twin,' the small Dipper, locate two other stars outside its bowl (The Pointers), and they'll show you the path to the north star: Polaris. Once you've found Polaris, you can find the little Dipper. "Polaris marks the end of the handle of the Little Dipper. You need a dark night to see the Little Dipper in full, because it’s so much fainter than its larger and brighter counterpart." EarthSky writes....Read more
4 Vesta, if you can remember Dawn, is in full view this season. Shining at magnitude seven in the constellation Capricornus, a small telescope will help you see this small asteroid Dawn has made famous. If you would like to view this asteroid, try to locate Iota Capricorni (star at mag. four), and Vesta will be about two degrees east of this star; but only for this week. In August/September, Vesta will be at magnitude 5.6 and will be a stunning site; you will be able to see it with the naked eye. If you have a strong telescope, viewing Vesta may be even more exciting because you may be able to view Dawn, orbiting!

Credit: Astronomy.com
"Mercury reaches superior conjunction at 8 p.m. EDT. This means the innermost planet lies on the opposite side of the Sun from Earth and remains hidden in our star’s glare." writes Astronomy.com, explaining why Mercury can't be seen now, like it was previously seen in the four-planet dance of 2011.

Events for 6/13

In the morning: view three planets, Jupiter (high in the sky), Mars, and Venus (very close to the horizon). It's a funny thing that the northern hemisphere's earliest sunrises are happening now, rather than the longest day, the summer solstice. This may affect how you view Venus and Mars, because they're closer to the horizon than you think. Jupiter keep on rising and soon will be at the perfect angle for those who love astrophotography.

At night: the moon will visit the head of Scorpius and Antares will lay below it, to the left. Another treat is in store for you as well: the summer's brightest comet. To learn more, visit this page.