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Astronomical Calendar June 2021. (Dorian’s Secrets: Astrology, Cosmos, Stars, Astros, Tarot, Horoscopes, Mysteries, Influences, Curiosities… Connect your mind with the Universe, Learn today with Dorian.)

Astronomical Calendar June 2021

June 2:

The Moon in waxing quarter phase at 07:25 UTC.

June 8:

The Moon at Apogee (furthest point from Earth) at 02:00 UTC. Distance of 406,228 kilometers; 29.4 ‘angular size.

June 10:

New Moon at 10:53 UTC.

June 10:

Annular Solar Eclipse from 09:50 to 11:34 UTC. Peak phase at 10:43 UTC. The Annularity Trail will run through northern Canada, Greenland, and Russia. The partial phase can be seen from northeastern Canada and the United States and much of Europe.

June 11:

Mercury in lower conjunction with the Sun at 01:00 UTC. The elusive planet is no longer visible at sunset and passes into the morning sky.

June 12:

Conjunction of the crescent Moon and Venus at dusk in a Northwest direction. Distance of 1.5. Maximum approach at 08:00 UTC. Magnitude of -3.9.

June 13:

Conjunction of the Moon, Mars, Castor and Pollux at dusk in a Northwest direction. Maximum approach between the Moon and Castor at 02:00 UTC; between the Moon and Pollux at 07:00 UTC and between the Moon and Mars at 22:00 UTC. Magnitudes: Mars +1.8; Castor +1.6 and Pollux +1.2.

June 15:

Conjunction of the Moon and Regulus at dusk in a western direction. Maximum approach at 04:00 UTC (day 16). Regulus magnitude of +1.4.

June 18:

The Moon in First Quarter phase at 03:54 UTC.

June 19:

Conjunction of the Moon and Spica at dusk in a southwesterly direction. Maximum approach at 04:00 UTC (day 20). Spica magnitude of +1.0.

June 21:

June Solstice at 03:22 UTC. The moment when the Sun reaches the furthest point north of the celestial equator, marking the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern Hemisphere.

June 21:

Maximum approach between Venus and the star Pollux at dusk in a southwesterly direction. Magnitudes: Venus -3.9; Pollux +1.4.

June 22:

Conjunction of the Moon and the star Antares at dusk in a southerly direction. Maximum approach at 07:00 UTC (day 23). Antares magnitude of +1.1.

June 23:

The Moon in Perigee (closest point to Earth) at 09:52 UTC. Distance of 359,956 kilometers; 33.2 ‘angular size.

June 24:

Full moon at 18:39 UTC.

June 27:

Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn during the early morning of the 27th. Maximum approach at 12:00 UTC. Magnitude of Saturn of +0.4.

June 29:

Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter during the early morning of the 29th. Maximum approach at 22:00 UTC (the 28th). Jupiter’s magnitude of -2.6.

Definition of UTC (Coordinated Universal Time):

Coordinated Universal Time or UTC (an intermediate between the English version Coordinated Universal Time CUT and the French version Temps universel coordonné TUC) is the main time standard by which the world regulates clocks and time.

It is one of several closely related successors to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). For most common purposes, UTC is synonymous with GMT, as GMT is no longer the defined standard for the scientific community.

Definition of Conjunction in Astronomy:

Two stars are in conjunction when observed from a third (generally the Earth) are at the same celestial longitude. As the celestial latitude may be different, the stars are very close in the sky, although they do not coincide, passing one above the other. The conjunction is one of the main aspects of the planets. It is also applicable to any celestial object that is visually located next to another.

Definition of Perigee in Astronomy:

It is called perigee (from the Greek adjective περίγειος) to the point of the elliptical orbit that a natural or artificial body travels around the Earth, in which said body is closer to its center. In perigee the orbital speed is the maximum of the entire orbit.

Definition of Apogee in Astronomy:

Apogee (from the Greek ἀπό ‘apart, away from’ and γεω- ‘terrestrial, relative to planet Earth’) is the point in an elliptical orbit around the Earth at which a body is farthest from the center of the Earth. The opposite orbital point, the closest one, is called perigee.

Definition of Equinox:

The equinoxes (from the Latin aequinoctium (aequus nocte), “equal night”) are the times of the year when the Sun is located in the plane of the celestial equator. On that day and for an observer on the Earth’s equator, the Sun reaches its zenith (the highest point in the sky in relation to the observer, which is just above his head, that is, at 90 °). The declination parallel of the Sun and the celestial equator then coincide.

It occurs twice a year: between March 19 and 21 and between September 21 and 24 of each year.

As its name indicates, on the dates when the equinoxes occur, the day lasts approximately equal to that of the night at the equator and in the latitudes close to it.

The equinoxes are used to set the onset of spring and fall in each earth’s hemisphere.

What is a Meteor Shower?

A meteor shower is a celestial event in which the irradiation of various meteors is observed from one point in the night sky. These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteoroids that enter Earth’s atmosphere at extremely high speeds in parallel paths. Most meteors are smaller than a grain of sand, so almost all of them disintegrate and never reach the Earth’s surface. Very intense or unusual meteor showers are known as meteor bursts and meteor storms, which produce at least 1,000 meteors per hour, mostly from the Leonids. The Meteor Data Center lists more than 900 possible meteor showers, of which about 100 are well established. Several organizations point to Internet viewing opportunities. NASA maintains a daily map of active meteor showers.

What are the Moon Phases?

The lunar phases (also phases of the Moon) are the apparent changes of the visible illuminated portion of the satellite, due to its change in position with respect to the Earth and the Sun. The complete cycle, called lunation, is 29.53 days, during which the moon passes the new moon, its visible illuminated portion gradually increases again, and two weeks later, the full moon occurs and, around the following two weeks, it decreases again and the satellite enters the new phase again .

Finally, a perfect alignment between the Sun, the Earth and the Moon occurs, which results in eclipses. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes in front of the solar disk, and can only occur on a new Moon, while a lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s shadow, which can only occur on a full Moon. This transition between phases has been used to measure time, which is why many lunar calendars were created based on the lunar cycle (moon phase). The moon actually takes eighteen days and it happens because the sun and the Earth align with each other, having said that the moon is forming.

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