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Sun, Moon, and Stars: June 2000

Movement of the heavenly bodies: June 2000

 

June Calendar

Day Phenomenon Hour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
1 Saturn is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 0400 12 am (midnight)
1 Jupiter is 4 degrees north of the Moon. 0500 1 am
1 Pluto is at opposition, that is, Pluto and the Sun are aligned on opposite sides of Earth. 1800 2 pm
2 NEW MOON 1200 8 am
3 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 1300 9 am
4 Mercury is 4 degrees north of the Moon. 0400 12 am (midnight)
9 FIRST QUARTER 0300 11 pm (June 8)
9 Mercury is at its greatest elongation, or angular distance from the Sun, at 24 degrees east of the Sun. 1300 9 am
9 Venus is in superior conjunction, that is, Venus and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 1100 7 am
16 FULL MOON 2200 6 pm
18 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 1300 9 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. 2000 4 pm
20 Neptune is 1 degree 3 minutes north of the Moon. 0700 3 am
21 Solstice 0200 10 pm (June 20)
21 Uranus is 1 degree 6 minutes north of the Moon. 1200 8 am
22 Mercury appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion. 2000 4 pm
23 The asteroid Juno appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion. 2200 6 pm
25 LAST QUARTER 0100 9 pm (June 24)
28 Saturn is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 2000 4 pm
29 Jupiter is 4 degrees north of the Moon. 0100 9 pm (June 28)