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Astronomy-Watch June07

Published by Rob on Sun May 27, 2007 12:44 pm
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The Northern Hemisphere

I thought I would start June off with a brief description on the night sky and the objects that should be easiest to view with fairly cheap equipment.

This month is a great opportunity to get into astronomy and I have listed and described a few starter objects. There are plenty of good Sky-maps online so get looking and try to find these. If you have any problems then please feel free to Private Message me.

Venus
This month offers a great opportunity to view Venus. Venus is in the west and can be seen with the naked eye shortly after sunset. The planet is the brightest object other than the moon to grace the skies at the moment and is a good place to start if you are just starting to get into astronomy.

Below is an image i took last winter

venus

Information for Venus starting June
Magnitude -4.1
Rises 08:07
Sets 00:44

Saturn
Saturn is still visible until round about midnight at the start of June. It’s fairly bright with a magnitude of 0.5. Saturn is s spectacle for the novice astronomer and the rings often amaze stargazers.

When viewing Saturn try and look for the separate rings. The Cassini division towards the edge the most prominent and can be viewed with a 4” Reflector fairly easily.

Here is an attempt to capture Saturn last year

sat

Information for Saturn starting June
Magnitude 0.5
Rises 10:55
Sets 01:48

Jupiter
Jupiter is starting to become prominent in the southern sky. Jupiter is a bright object and the four Galilean moons Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto can be viewed with some binoculars, this is often a good place for the novice astronomer. The Great Red Spot (GRS) is a great target to capture too, it is easy to see however moves rapidly around the planet.

Lastly here is an image taken for an animation last winter

jup

Information for Jupiter starting June
Magnitude -2.4
Rises 21:46
Sets 06:02

Happy Viewing

Please feel free to discuss this further in the forum

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