Celestial events in the skies for the week of June 6 -June 12, 2017 as compiled for The Loafer by Mark D. Marquette.
The Full Moon of June is the Strawberry Moon or Honey Moon, and it happens June 9th. The summertime full moons are low in the evening sky and often honey colored as the moonlight is filtered through our atmosphere. This is a possible source for those nuptial times enjoyed by newlyweds on honeymoon!
Tuesday, June 6
Happy 84th birthday to Apollo 15 moonwalker David Scott. He no doubt will look at the Moon this week and think of his lunar journey with James Irwin, deceased. They rode the first Lunar Rover next to the edge of an ancient lava river and Hadley Mountains in July 1971.
Wednesday, June 7
Check NASA, Heavens-Above or SpaceWeather on the Internet for times when the International Space Station passes overhead.
Thursday, June 8
The predawn skies are those of early Autumn nights, with the Milky Way spanning beautifully overhead toward the west.
Friday, June 9
The Full Moon rises with Saturn in Ophiuchus, the thirteenth constellation of the Zodiac that astrologers don’t recognize and astronomers do. Called the Serpent Handler, Ophiuchus is between Scorpius and Sagittarius.
Saturday, June 10
Venus is in the morning skies, easily mistaken for an airplane light or other objects at 5 am when it is low in the east and rising until the Sun blots it out..
Sunday, June 11
The red star Antares is the heart of Scorpius the Scorpion. In the south it looks like a giant fish hook as the tail curls down the horizon.
Monday, June 12
The moonlight doesn’t blot out the famous 2nd magnitude stars that make up the Big Dipper, high in the north. Pointing to Polaris at the North Pole, this asterism of the constellation Ursa Major is fun to move as the hours pass, so check it out a couple times each night and see the celestial merry-go-round caused by the Earth turning eastward.