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Sky Highlights and NEKAAL Events for JUNE 2016

  • June 4 – New Moon
  • June 4 – Open House at Farpoint Observatory, 9 pm to ? –> Join us!
  • June 12 – First Quarter
  • June 20 – Full Moon
  • June 23 – General Meeting, Topeka Library, 7 pm. Join us!
  • June 27 – Last Quarter

PLANETS in June 2016

Evening Sky:

  • Mars – in south
  • Jupiter – in southwest
  • Saturn – in southeast (welcome back!)


  • Mars – in south
  • Jupiter – in west
  • Saturn – in south

Morning Sky:

  • Mercury – in east (twilight)
  • Saturn – in southwest
  • Uranus – in east
  • Neptune – in southeast

CONSTELLATIONS well placed in evening during June 2016

North to South, at 9-11 pm:

  • Ursa Minor, the Little Bear, also the Little Dipper
  • Draco, the Dragon
  • Ursa Major, the Big Bear, also the Big Dipper
  • Hercules, the Strong Man
  • Corona Borealis, the northern crown, Crown of Ariadne
  • Boötes, the Hunter
  • Virgo, the Maiden
  • Libra, the Scales

SKY EXTRAS in June 2016

  • Mercury is high in the morning twilight. Look east.
  • Conjunction of the month: in the evening, look left and right of bright star red-orange star Antares in the Scorpio constellation (south sky): the bright red-orange twin to its right is Mars, and the bright yellow-white object just above and to its left is Saturn. Hint: come to the Open House June 4 and see them both.
  • Challenge object of the month: Saturn is now about as close as it ever gets to earth, and its rings are tilted about as far as they ever get tilted, so get to a decent-sized telescope (hint: Open House June 4) and try counting rings!
  • Best comet of the month: PANSTARRS C/2013 X1, should be easily visible in binoculars, in the eastern sky an hour before dawn.
  • (No great meteor showers this month.)