Observing Highlights for June 2016
(opposite the Sun) at 6h UT. The ringed planet is at its
brightest (mag. +0.0) and closest in 25 years (globe diameter
18.5", rings span 42"). Saturn's rings are spectacular
even in a small telescope.
very near Mercury
(24° from Sun, morning sky) at 10h UT. Mag +0.7.
(closest to Earth) at 11h UT (361,140 km; angular size 33.1').
near the Pleiades
(14° from Sun) at 3h UT.
at 22:34 UT. The time when the Sun reaches the point farthest
north of the celestial equator marking the start of summer in
the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern Hemisphere.
and Solstices from Space (NASA)
at 18:19 UT.
times Universal Time (UT). USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours. (DST = UT-5 hrs,)
is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane
of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2
hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow
extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best
months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost
vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and
October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern
Picture of the Day (APOD)
the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)