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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to June 2012

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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to June 2012

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of June, 2012:

June 3— Moon at perigee (its closest point to the Earth), 9 a.m.

June 4— Full Strawberry Moon, 7:12 a.m. The visible Moon is fully illuminated by direct sunlight. Though the Moon is only technically in this phase for a few seconds, it is considered “full” for the entire day of the event, and appears full for three days.

June 4— Partial Eclipse of the Moon. Moon Enters Penumbra: 4:46 a.m. – Moon Enters Umbra: 5:59 a.m. – Maximum Eclipse: 7:03 a.m. – Moon Leaves Umbra: 8:07 a.m. – Moon Leaves Penumbra: 9:20 a.m. – Magnitude of the Eclipse: 0.376.

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June 5-6— A Rare Transit of Venus Over the Face of the Sun.

June 11— Last Quarter Moon, 6:41 a.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.

June 14— Earliest sunrise of the year at latitude 40° N.

June 15— Moon at apogee (its farthest point to the Earth), 9 p.m.

June 19— New Moon, 11:02 a.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.

June 20 — Summer Solstice, 7:07 p.m. The Sun reaches its farthest point north of the celestial equator.

June 26— First Quarter Moon, 11:30 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.

June 27 — Boötids meteor shower. This should be a favorable year fro this this unpredictable shower, which peaks during daylight hours, but may still be seen near sunset, directly overhead.

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