It’s time to look up!  A new moon is scheduled for June 10th which means, if we have clear skies, the conditions will be perfect to view planets and the stars.  

This website is a great tool to help guide your timing to view the planets:  https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/night/

What I like best about this site are the details provided, as illustrated below. 


 

While we are on this subject, there will also be an Annular Solar Eclipse on the 10th.  If you live in Russia, Greenland, or the northern part of Canada, you may see a total eclipse and a “ring of fire.”  An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon covers the sun’s center.  The visible outer edges form an annulus, or a “ring of fire,” around the moon.

In my neighborhood, we will have a partial eclipse beginning at about 5 am. Maximum coverage is achieved at 5:34 am and the show is over about an hour later.  Early risers may notice it.  (Please do not look directly at the sun during an eclipse.  It will severally damage your eyes.) 

Finally, mark June 24th on your calendar to see the Strawberry Full Moon.  The descriptive names of the full moons originated with The Old Farmer’s Almanac but seem to have caught on with a broader audience in recent years.  In July, we will have the Buck Moon and in October we will have the Blood Moon.  Each full moon has at least one descriptive moniker. 

Note that despite its strawberry name, the moon will not likely be pink.  It will most likely be a golden color for about 20 minutes after sunset.  Still a delight to observe! 

This challenge is rated as moderate.

Sources:

To see what’s happening skyward from your vantage point – https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/night/

Farmer’s Almanac Strawberry Moon – https://www.almanac.com/content/full-moon-june

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