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Sun, Moon & Stars

Movement of the heavenly bodies: June 2000

June Calendar

Day Phenomenon Hour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
1 Saturn is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 040012 am (midnight)
1 Jupiter is 4 degrees north of the Moon. 05001 am
1 Pluto is at opposition, that is, Pluto and the Sun are aligned on opposite sides of Earth. 18002 pm
2 NEW MOON 12008 am
3 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 13009 am
4 Mercury is 4 degrees north of the Moon. 040012 am (midnight)
9 FIRST QUARTER 030011 pm (June 8)
9 Mercury is at its greatest elongation, or angular distance from the Sun, at 24 degrees east of the Sun. 13009 am
9 Venus is in superior conjunction, that is, Venus and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 11007 am
16 FULL MOON 22006 pm
18 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 13009 am
19 Vesta, the third-largest asteroid, is 0 degrees 4 minutes north of the Moon. The asteroid is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 20004 pm
20 Neptune is 1 degree 3 minutes north of the Moon. 07003 am
21 Solstice 020010 pm (June 20)
21 Uranus is 1 degree 6 minutes north of the Moon. 12008 am
22 Mercury appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion. 20004 pm
23 The asteroid Juno appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion. 22006 pm
25 LAST QUARTER 01009 pm (June 24)
28 Saturn is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 20004 pm
29 Jupiter is 4 degrees north of the Moon. 01009 pm (June 28)

Mark your calendars: June 20 is the summer solstice

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