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Night sky events for the week of June 14 2010



Hello Sky Watchers!

The New Moon occured on Saturday the 12th, so we'll see relatively dark skies as far as moonlight is concerned for the next few days. It's a great time for sky watching as it won't be until Saturday the 19th when we'll see a First Quarter Moon.

Look to the low west-northwest on Monday the 14th so see Venus sparkle just above a very crescent Moon after sunset. You can also spot the stars Pollux and Castor of the Gemini Constellation as they lie to the right of the bright planet in a semi-horizontal line.

The Ceres asteroid will be on opposition during this week and visible with a pair of binoculars. Look up high in the late evening to the Sagittarius constellaton to find it. Sagittarius is the Teapot shaped star formation, which appears high overhead in the late evening.

If you observe Ceres for a few nights in a row you can pinpoint it by noticing it's movement. Get this chart to know where to look for it and to learn its path.

On Wednesday the 16th you can see Mars, the crescent Moon and the star Regulus as they form a wide flat triangle in the low western sky just after dark. Regulus marks the tail end of the constellation Leo's sickle. Then, on the next day, Thursday the 17th Mars and Regulus are to the right of the Moon and you can also spot Saturn on the upper left of it.

Saturn continues to be visible in the low west southwest and on Friday the 18th it will appear above the almost First Quarter Moon shortly after sunset.

Jupiter is now rising between 1:00 and 2:00 a.m. and can be spoted high in the southeastern sky before dawn. Spot is easily, as it is the brightest object on that direction in the very early morning. For those very extreme night owls, you can see Jupiter in the higher eastern sky at around 3:00 a.m.

Look on up and smile!

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