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Night Sky in June

Nature volume 149, page 607 (30 May 1942) | Download Citation



NEW moon is on June 13d. 21h. 02m. U. T., and full moon on June 28d. 12h. 09m. Lunar conjunctions with the planets occur as follows: Venus on June lOd. 05h., Venus 2° N. ; Saturn on June 12d. 08h., Saturn 3° N. ; Mars on June 17d. 07h. Mars 4° N. On June 29d. 20h. Venus is in conjunction with Uranus, Venus 1.7° S. Mercury is near the sun during the month and souths at 13h. 03m. and lOh. 39m. at the beginning and end of the month respectively. Venus is a morning star and souths at 9h. 22m. in the middle of the month. Jupiter, in conjunction with the sun on June 25, is too close to the sun to be observed. Saturn is a morning star and souths at the end of the month at 9h. 49m. Only two occulta-tions occur in the month and the brighter of the two stars, 44 Virginis, occulted on June 22d. 22h. 50m., is mag. 5.9. The sun enters the sign of Cancer on June 22d. 01h., the summer solstice, and at this time the nights in the latitude of London are about 7 hours long. If civil twilight is taken into consideration (sun 6° below the horizon) the time of darkness is only 5 1\2 hours. Conditions for seeing the night skies are very much restricted during the month.

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