Space and Astronomy

Phases Of The Moon

New Moon

First Quarter

Full Moon

Last Quarter

Thursday June 10
3:54 a.m.

Thursday June 17
8:54 p.m.

Thursday June 24
11:40 a.m.

Wednesday June 2
12:26 a.m.

The Planets and Special Events

Summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere at 8:32 p.m. on Sunday June 20. This event called the Summer Solstice occurs when the Sun reaches its furthest point North. Summer will end September 22 at the Autumnal Equinox.

Venus (Mag -3.8) continues it's appearance in our evening sky in May. Venus sets at 9:22 p.m. on the 1st.

Jupiter (Mag -2.5) rises at 12:57 a.m. on June 1 and a little earlier each day afterwards.

Mars (Mag +1.8) is 30° up in the western sky at sunset.

Saturn (Mag +0.5) rises just after midnight and a few minutes earlier each day after..

Reprinted with permission, the information above is made available in the Griffith Observer , a monthly publication by the Griffith Observatory. For complete information on the Planets and other items related to Astronomy, please visit the Griffith Observatory Web Site.

Fun Facts

When you hear somebody talk about a celestial object being 30° (or 30 degrees) above the horizon, how in the world do you know how far up that is ? Well, hold your hand out at arms length with your thumb and fingers together, the palm of your hand facing you with the sky behind it. The distance from the edge of the little finger on the bottom of your palm to the edge of your thumb on the top is about 10° (10 degrees). Two palm widths is 20°, three is 30° and so on.

The theory that our Sun is the center of the universe and our planets revolve around it was first documented by Nicolas Copernicus. The interesting thing is that Copernicus was a Catholic Priest and Philosopher, not an Astronomer. But he believed that God would have made the movements of the planets more simple than the previously documented theory (which was very complex). As we know today, Corpernicus was right !

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