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News and Views from the Stars – June 2011 June 2, 2011

Posted by Kerry in Astrology, Astronomy.
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Geometry of a Lunar Eclipse

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 Two eclipses this month are highlighting Gemini and Sagittarius.

Time Zone AEST

2nd June New Moon with partial Solar Eclipse in Gemini at 7.02am which is not visible here in Australia.

3rd June Neptune goes retrograde in Pisces

3rd June Mercury enters Gemini

4th June Jupiter enters Taurus

10th Venus enters Gemini

13th June Saturn goes direct

16th June Full Moon with total Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius at 6.13am. Here in Australia we may be lucky enough to see this just before sunrise.

17th June Mercury enters Cancer

21st June Mars enters Gemini

22nd June Sun enters Cancer. The Solstice means it’s the shortest day. Yippee, each day means a few more minutes of daylight and the promise that Spring will eventually come.

What’s that in the sky?

20 + 6 does not equal 16.           It equals 26!

Why am I telling you this? Well; I know that the distance between the Sun and the planets needs to be more that 17 degrees before we get to visually see them. Last month I made a mistake in my calculations and got the answer of 16, and hence I thought we would not get to see any of the planets in the dawn skies.  

Well; you could have blown me down when one morning out for an early and chilly walk I looked up and saw Venus and Jupiter with the other planets not far away. They were beautiful,  and after I picked myself up I decided to go back to basic maths school!

 

So for all you early birds

Since 12 + 6 = 18 it means that Venus is just visible low on the horizon for only a few minutes about 6am. She will soon disappear completely as she gets closer to the Sun. Jupiter is higher and will be clearly visible, while Mars is the reddish star about an open hand span below Jupiter. Say hello from me and tell them I can now count! J

The Southern Cross is very low in the southern skies and completely upside down. While the magnificent constellation of the Scorpion will be low on the western horizon.

 

For all you night owls

Saturn is the only planet visible in the evening. He is hard to spot but well worth the effort. Take out some binoculars and let the Moon be your guide and have a look on the 10th June.

The Moon will be just above and a little to the left of Saturn. The bright star two hand-spans to the left is Regulus, the heart of Leo, and the star one hand-span to the right is Spica.

Throughout the month, the Scorpion will be rising higher and higher in the east and will be visible all night finally settling into the west by dawn.

 

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